Sumary of Puzzles, card games later in life may delay Alzheimer’s onset by five years, study finds:
- Playing puzzles, card games, reading books and engaging in other mentally stimulating activities later in life can help delay the onset of Alzheimer’s dementia by five years, researchers found.
- Findings published in Neurology on July 14 analyzed nearly 2,000 patients about 80 years old on average and free of dementia at the study start.
- During seven years of follow-up with annual exams and cognitive tests, some 457 people about 90 years old on average developed dementia, or “impaired ability to remember, think, or make decisions that interferes with doing everyday activities,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Respondents who were the most mentally active typically developed dementia by age 94, compared to those least mentally active who usually developed dementia by 89, or some five years sooner.
- The difference upheld after researchers controlled for other factors potentially confounding dementia risk like sex and education, according to a related news release.
- “Our findings suggest it may be beneficial to start doing these things, even in your 80s, to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s dementia.