Brain stimulation has long been touted as a way of preventing dementia.
Now, scientists have tested an unusual method of keeping the mind active in their quest to halt the devastating disease in its tracks.
Older adults were asked to either learn how to play the piano or complete quests on Super Mario 64 for half an hour each day.
And Canadian researchers discovered that playing the popular children’s video game was the most effective method.
The classic game, adored across the world, sees players running around an open-world trying to collect stars during various missions.
Completing the puzzles and killing enemies as ‘Mario’ – the famous character – for five nights each week can boost memory, scientists found.
They discovered that Super Mario 64 helped to increase gray matter in the brains of older people who took part in the study.
Gray matter plays a vital role in controlling memory and decision-making, and is known to decrease in the early stages of dementia.