MNT spoke with Dr. Karen D. Lincoln, a professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of California, Irvine.
She noted that while some evidence suggests that cognitive exercises like crossword puzzles or word games slow cognitive decline in those with mild cognitive impairment, the evidence is inconclusive. … “[I]f you like to play dominoes, spades, or bid whist, you are actually engaging in healthy brain exercises,” she said. “Not necessarily because the games are very challenging and require good memory, but because the game is played with others. Social engagement is good for the brain!”
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