PLAYING online Crosswords and Sudoku can help your brain stay young and reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease, according to scientists.
Dementia affects millions of people thought-out the United States alone and Alzheimer’s disease is responsible for nearly 62 per cent of cases. It can alter a person’s memory, behavior and even personality.
Head injuries, a family history and lifestyle factors such as smoking, being overweight or high blood pressure are all linked to the progressive condition and it is most prevalent in the over-65s.
But while there is no cure, making key lifestyle changes can help prevent the onset of the disease.
And according to scientists, unfamiliar stimuli and new mental challenges – like puzzles, crosswords and Sudoku – can stimulate neuron growth in a key area of the brain.
It is thought that spending 15 minutes a day doing a crossword, Sudoku or another puzzle could be beneficial.
One US study concluded that people who keep their minds active throughout their lives have lower amounts of a protein that forms the beta amyloid plaques which are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s.
Other large epidemiological studies have also found an association between doing puzzles or reading and a lower risk of developing the disease.
Give our Free Daily Crosswords a go and keep a healthy active mind.