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A crossword a day 'keeps dementia at bay'

A crossword a day 'keeps dementia at bay'
12th August 2009

Taking part in brainteasers on a regular basis could keep the mind agile enough to stave off the onset of dementia, according to new research from the US.

Researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York discovered that things such as crosswords, word jumbles, Sudoku and card games boost the power of the brain and could also stave off memory loss.

The five-year study charted the progress of 488 people between the ages of 75 and 85, with none of them having dementia at the start of the investigation.

By the end of the study, 101 of them had developed signs of the neurodegenerative disorder, though those taking part in the activities were notably less likely to show signs of the condition.

Yesterday, the Daily Mail reported on the invention of Ben Atkinson-Willes, a student whose grandfather has dementia, who created an innovative jigsaw puzzle designed to enhance the cognitive skills of those with the brain-altering disease.

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