Chess and crossword puzzles will help to keep the mind clear in old age

Psychologists from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) have conducted a long-term study involving more than a thousand people and found that board games and puzzles have a smaller decline in cognitive functions in old age. The results are published in The Journal of Gerontology.

Scientists observed the health and cognitive abilities of 1091 volunteers. All of them were born in 1936 and underwent cognitive tests at 11 years old and then at 70 and 79 years old. Also at the age of 70 and 76, they filled in questionnaires about which board games and how often they play, such as chess or bingo, or solve crossword puzzles. Specialists also took into account demographic, socio-economic, educational and health data, physical activity, etc.

The analysis revealed a correlation between the rate of cognitive decline and how often participants played board games. It turned out that those who played regularly had better memory and decision-making speed than those who were not into chess or puzzles.

Later on, scientists plan to study which of the board games they have reviewed have a greater effect.

Nov. 29, 2019, 10:38 a.m.

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