Crosswords, puzzles, or sudoku can prolong your life
One study examined the impact of mind games on people whose actually hobby represent this kind of entertainment reveals that puzzles, sudoku, or crosswords positively influence mind functions and cognitive abilities. However, we need to stop on the newly acquired information, since it is still not proven that these activities can help us in the long-term period of cognitive decline.
Magazine International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry has published the ‘PROTECT ‘ study that included respondents older than 50 years who are sudoku and a crossword hobbyist. Their mind works better, they say. Eskprets reviewed data from about 19,000 participants to see how often they performed word and number puzzles. They used a series of tests to determine attention, memory, and reasoning.
People who are more concerned with mind games and riddles had better test performing.
Mind games can reflect brain function at the level of those 10 years younger than their age. In terms of short-term memory, mind games players had a cognitive function equivalent to eight years to a younger person.
“Improvements are more than evident in the speed and accuracy of their performances.” Moreover, according to Dr. Anne Corbett, author and dementia lecturer at the Medical School, the differences were drastic.
We can’t claim with complete security that mind games, puzzles, and crosswords can prevent subsequent development of dementia, new findings confirm previous that indicate that regular use such activities help keep our brains sharp for longer.
This study has not yet been completed. Scientists want to continue monitoring people who participate in the analysis and see further development of their cognitive abilities.
What is the coloration between aging, dementia, and mind games?
Professor of the University of South Florida Dr. Edwards is studying games and brain skills for years, and analyzing the previous study, points out that it is correlated, not randomized – this does not mean that playing games cause a better cognitive straight. People who have it tend to get involved in games. Those without cognitive drop participate in activities, however, when it comes to a decline, mind games stop being exciting and become more challenging.
Therefore, cognitive engagement in old age can be a defense against decline. Dr. Edwards also cited data from another study that revealed that weaker cognitive leads to a lower quality of life and poor social functions.
With aging, people improve their verbal abilities, so they are getting better in word games. On the other hand, some brain skills that tend to decline with age can be the speed of our thoughts, divided attention, ignoring interference. It is necessary to give the mind everyday challenges with such activities to practice it during aging.
The study confirms that it can improve brain performance or longitudinally reduce the risk of cognitive decline or dementia. If the problem is sufficiently challenging, all areas of the brain are more or less involved in an attempt to find a solution – which is useful for the general strengthening of brain networks and for improving cognitive reserves.
Crosswords and Alzheimer
There is evidence that is performing cognitive stimulative activities such as puzzles or crosswords, can help in our abilities, such as thinking, attention, and thinking. However, we do not know if participation in these activities postpones or prevents the onset of cognitive impairment such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Sharpness and brain balance
The concept of healthy brain aging and dementia, which also includes Alzheimer’s disease, is reflected in the ability to balance the brain pathology and cognitive brain power, scientists say. When pathology assumes a dominant role (aggressive dementia), no power of the mind can prevent it, regrettably.
Fortunately, most types of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are slowly progressing. And we can do much to prevent cognitive decline and their development. Mental exercises, such as sudoku or crosswords, are as important as physical exercises for the body.