Playing card games and solving puzzles can help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease by five years.
According to study, card games and puzzles can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s by five years. According to scientists, reading or writing letters has the same effect. “The good news is that it’s never too late to start performing the kinds of inexpensive, accessible activities we looked at,” said lead author Professor Robert Wilson of Rush University in Chicago.
“Our findings imply that starting these activities in your 80s may be advantageous in delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.” The study, which was published in the journal Neurology, followed 1,978 adults who were on average 80 years old.
457 cases of Alzheimer’s were found in the study, with individuals with the highest levels of cognitive activity averaging 94 years old.
After accounting for other risk factors such as education and gender, the patients with the lowest score had a score of 89.
“Neither schooling nor early childhood cognitive activity were connected with the age at which a person got Alzheimer’s,” Professor Wilson stated.
“Our findings show that the activities you conduct later in life are mostly responsible for the association between cognitive activity and the age at which a person develops dementia.”
It is estimated that around 920,000 Britons suffer from the disease.