Play Board Games to Protect Your Memory

What could be more fun than to play board games to protect your memory? Dr. Robert S. Wilson, a researcher at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago has published the results of two recent memory studies.

The results of the first suggest that it is in the last two-and-a-half years of life that memory deteriorates more than at any other time after problems first begin. His second study provides an answer to the “what can we do about it?” question. It shows that the best way to protect your memory during late life is to play board games or read.

Play Board Games to Protect Your Memory

The study, which focused on mental activities, involved 1,076 people with an average age of 80 who were free of dementia. Participants underwent yearly memory exams for about five years. They reported how often they read the newspaper, wrote letters, visited a library and played board games such as chess or checkers. Frequency of these mental activities was rated on a scale of one to five, one meaning once a year or less and five representing every day or almost every day.

“The results suggest a cause and effect relationship: that being mentally active leads to better cognitive health in old age,” said Wilson.

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play board games to protect your memory

play board games to protect your memory

You could start a games night with friends or family (a great way to spend time with grandchildren); invite people in your apartment building, church, or temple  to a weekly games night; or join a group at your local community center.

Do you play board games to protect your memory? Share your favorite games in the comment section below.