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June 19th, 2003 - Open Knowledge

Jun. 19th, 2003

12:24 pm - Dancing reduces risk of Alzheimer's

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10893-2003Jun18.html
Mind Games May Trump Alzheimer's
Study Cites Effects Of Bridge, Chess

By Shankar Vedantam
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, June 19, 2003; Page A01

Playing chess, bridge or a musical instrument significantly
lowers the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or other
forms of dementia, according to the most comprehensive study
to examine the benefits of challenging intellectual activity
among the elderly.

Seniors who regularly engaged in pastimes that stretched
their minds -- sorry, watching TV doesn't count -- lowered
their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and other
dementias by as much as 75 percent, compared with those who
didn't exercise their minds, researchers said yesterday.

The report bolsters a growing body of evidence that
exercising the mind through board games, social activities
and education offers powerful protection against mental
deterioration and disease.

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