It could puzzles and games to fight dementia?

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Could puzzles and games fight off dementia?

Individuals who complete crossword puzzles and playing card games do not achieve the same risk of developing dementia lowered.

Research published in the conference International Association of Alzheimer (CIAC) in Copenhagen earlier this week (July 14) suggests that people involved in this type of brain-related activities have a greater volume brain and do better on cognitive tests.

The scientists studied 329 individuals who were considered as having a higher than normal risk of developing the degenerative disease. The lion’s share (74 percent) had a relative who had experienced the disease, while 40 percent tested positive for APOE4 gene, which is seen as a hallmark.

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Participants performed a series of brain-related activities were measured using the cognitive activity scale (CAS). They also had brain MRI and completed many neurocognitive tests.

were asked how often they read books and went to museums, while the frequency with which they played card games, puzzles or other similar puzzle completed.

could tell those who said they had played these games more often had a greater brain volume and also had better test results when it came to memory and function.

Lead researcher Stephanie Schultz from the Center for Disease Research Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute and the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s, said: “Our findings suggest that, for some people, participation in cognitively stimulating activities, especially games involving such as puzzles and cards, could be a useful tool for the conservation of brain structures and cognitive functions that are vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease approach. “

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Ms. Schultz called for studies more detailed to be undertaken in an attempt to consolidate their understanding of how an “active, healthy lifestyle” could prevent the development of degenerative disease.

The research also presented at the CIAC at the University of California, San Francisco suggested that older people who have difficulty sleeping were more likely to develop this form of cognitive impairment.

Individuals who were diagnosed with non-specific sleep disorders, apnea or insomnia had a greater chance of 30 percent of the disease compared to those without.

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