Poker Games Reduce Risk of Alzheimer's Disease
Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, one of the world's leading Alzheimer's disease researchers, has recently published a study which proves the positive effects of the poker games on this mental disease.
According to Dr. Jeffrey Cummings' study, elderly men and women, who play card games at least twice a week, have 50% less chances of developing a form of dementia, compared to those who are mentally sedentary. The study was conducted in France and included 5,000 participants.
Elderly people who have a sedentary lifestyle, with no mentally challenging activities have more risks of developing the Alzheimer disease, the most dangerous problem of elderly men and women. The research has proven poker is one of the most effective of all mentally stimulating activities, a great way to keep the brain working.
Dr. Cummings even suggested the retired people should continue working for a few more years if they are physically capable for the job.
“We have a social idea of what retirement consists of and we need to re-examine that idea,” Dr. Jeffrey Cummings said. “The logical extension of the data we have on dementia is that a person who is still capable of working, who is mentally stimulated with a strong sense of purpose, is better off from the cognitive point of view continuing to engage in that position.”
Other popular activities that can help people to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's include board games such as chess, or physical activities with a creative component, like dancing.
In 2006, 26.6 million people worldwide were suffering from the Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer's disease is predicted to affect 1 in 85 people globally by 2050.
The disease is characterized by long-term memory loss, confusion, irritability, aggression and language breakdown.
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