A decline in leisure activity participation could be a sign of preclinical dementia

Takeaway

  • Leisure activity participation during midlife can lower dementia risk, and a reduction in leisure activity later in life could be a sign of prodromal dementia.

Why this matters

  • The novel finding that participation in leisure activity declines before a diagnosis of dementia supports retrospective accounts of reduced activities preceding dementia onset.

  • Raising clinical awareness of this link could highlight increased dementia risk in those who reduce their leisure activities for no obvious reason.