Brain

Can Games, Puzzles Keep Aging Minds Sharp?

Body.Brain.Puzzle1Older adults who enjoy mentally stimulating games may have bigger brains and sharper thinking skills than their peers, new research suggests.

The study looked at the connection between playing games such as puzzles, crosswords, cards and checkers and mental acuity for adults in their 50s and 60s.

Researchers found that people who played those games at least every other day performed better on tests of memory and other mental functions. And, based on MRI scans, they had greater tissue mass in brain areas involved in memory.

Stephanie Schultz, the lead researcher, said future research should try to weed out whether certain games seem more promising than others – and then put them to test. That means designing trials where older adults would actually be randomly assigned to take up mentally stimulating activities or not.

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Source: MedicineNet.com


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Brain Workout (M, 103): Compass

Body.Brain.ThinkIntroduction

  • Your mission is to fill every square in the diagram below with a different letter of the alphabet from A to K inclusive.
  • Use the clues to determine their locations.
  • Reference in the clues to ‘due’ means in any location along the same vertical or horizontal line.
  • Click the link below to view the correct positions.
  • Good luck!

Clues

  1. A is next to and east of K, which is next to and south of E, which is further east than I.
  2. I is next to and north of B, which is next to and west of C, which is further north than J.
  3. F is next to and south of H, which is next to and east of J.
  4. G is due south of both A and D.

Diagram

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Brain Workout (M, 114): Fill the Squares

Body.Brain.ThinkIntroduction

  • Your mission is to determine which of the squares in the grid that should be filled.
  • The clues list the groups of adjacent filled-out squares in each column and row. See the example.
  • Any adjacent filled squares must have at least one white square between them and the next set of adjacent filled squares.
  • Click the link below to view the correct answers.
  • Good luck!

Example

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Mission

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Brain Workout (131): Compass

Introduction

  • Your mission is to fill every square in the diagram below with a different letter of the alphabet from A to K inclusive.
  • Use the clues to determine their locations.
  • Reference in the clues to ‘due’ means in any location along the same horizontal or vertical line.
  • Click the link below to find the correct positions.
  • Good luck!

Clues

  1. G is further south than I, but further north than B.
  2. E is further south than G, further east than C, further north than J and further west than H.
  3. A is next to and south of B, which is further east than D, which is next to and south of K.
  4. J is next to and south of H.
  5. I is next to and north of F, which is next to and east of K.

Diagram

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Brain Workout (M, 130): Find Your Way

Body.Brain.ThinkIntroduction

  • Your mission is to trace a single path from the top left corner to the bottom right corner of the grid.
  • Travel through all of the cells in either a horizontal, vertical or diagonal direction.
  • Every cell must be entered only once.
  • Your path should take you through the numbers in the sequence 1-2-3-4-5-6-1-2-3-4-5-6, and so on.
  • Click below to find the correct path.
  • Have fun and good luck!

Exercise

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Brain Workout (M, 113): Fill the Squares

Body.Brain.ThinkIntroduction

  • Your mission is to determine which of the squares in the grid that should be filled.
  • The clues list the groups of adjacent filled-out squares in each column and row. See the example.
  • Any adjacent filled squares must have at least one white square between them and the next set of adjacent filled squares.
  • Click the link below to view the correct answers.
  • Good luck!

Example

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Mission

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Lifetime of Learning Might Thwart Dementia

Support.ReadA lifetime engaging in intellectually stimulating pursuits may significantly lower your risk for dementia in your golden years, new research suggests.

Even people with relatively low educational and professional achievements can gain protection against late-life dementia if they adopt a mentally stimulating lifestyle – reading and playing music and games, for example – by the time they enter middle-age, the new study contended.

“In terms of preventing cognitive [mental] impairment, education and occupation are important,” said study lead author Prashanthi Vemuri, an assistant professor of radiology at the Mayo Clinic and Foundation in Rochester, Minn. “But so is intellectually stimulating activity during mid- to late life,” she added.

“It looks like the bottom-line is that it’s never too late to exercise your brain, and that is good news,” Vemuri said.

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Brain Workout (M, 129): Twisting Tile

Introduction

  • Your mission is to place the eight tiles into the grid so that all adjacent letters on each tile match up.
  • No tile may be rotated and none may be flipped over.
  • Have fun and good luck!

Exercises


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