Scientists have found that playing cards and board games can delay Alzheimer's by up to 5 years

Scientists have found that playing cards and board games can delay Alzheimer's by up to 5 years
Scientists have found that playing cards and board games can delay Alzheimer's by up to 5 years
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A new study has shown that keeping the brain active through stimulating games such as playing cards or solving puzzles can prevent the development of Alzheimer's for up to five years.

Playing cards, checkers, puzzles, and reading books can postpone dementia

In a study published in the journal Neurology, researchers at the American Academy of Neurology tracked about 2,000 participants with an average age of 80.

Participants underwent annual screenings for Alzheimer's, such as memory and learning tests, for seven years. During follow-up, doctors diagnosed 457 patients with dementia (mean age 89 years). However, the people with the highest levels of cognitive activity did not develop the disease until age 94.

By cognitive activity, scientists meant such activities as playing cards, checkers, puzzles and other board games, as well as reading books.

The researchers also examined the brains of 695 participants who died during the study. They analyzed tissues for the presence of rogue proteins called amyloid and tau, two of the major contributors to dementia. Scientists have confirmed the idea that low cognitive performance is an early sign of dementia.

"Our research shows that people who engage in cognitive-stimulating activities can delay the age at which they develop dementia," the scientists concluded.

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