UNDATED - Simple activities like playing bridge and socializing may help fight off mental decline. That's the conclusion of another study released Monday.

It didn't look at costly computer-based games, but instead focused on simple things like making crafts, playing cards, and just getting out of the house.

Laura Hood of St. Cloud is the local coordinator for ACT on Alzheimer's. She says whatever you do, just stay active.

Playing cards or playing board games, it doesn't have to be a very complex system or something that you purchase. It's as simple as getting together with friends for a cup of coffee and conversion, or going online and reading news.

The study says those activities appear to help prevent mild cognitive impairment, which later increases the risks for developing Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia.