Crosswordy do not protect from dementia, but allow more time

Crossword puzzles prevent dementia, but can make the mind more acute. This is the conclusion reached by researchers.

Crossword puzzles or Sudoku some time was considered one of the effective tools of brain training, which helps to reduce the risk of developing dementia. However, a new study has shown that using puzzles intellectual impairment associated with age-related processes can not be stopped. However, this kind of training for the brain really makes this organ more acute, and if senile dementia in humans, is still there, then its intelligence will decline with higher points. In other words, fans of crossword puzzles will be a little more time, during which it will retain control over the mind, than those who are crossword puzzles not solved.

Their findings, scientists from the University of Aberdeen made on the basis of observations of 498 people at the age of 64 years, during which they followed for the next 15 years. Throughout this period the volunteers carefully evaluated the level of intelligence. It turned out that those who regularly exposed themselves to a different kind of intellectually stimulating activity, had at the beginning of the observation sharper mind that is better able to cope with different kinds of tests that require speed of response and intelligence. However, none of the study participants there was no significant difference in the incidence of dementia in the next 15 years. Consequently, crossword puzzles and other varieties of intellectual activity do not protect against senile dementia.

But crossword puzzles give some handicap, there are a few increases cognitive reserves, which faces irreversible neurological disorder. If someone with dementia who didn’t like crosswords, intelligence is completely destroyed over a period of time, then the lovers of crosswords is still some margin on which they can rely. (READ MORE)