Games That Push the Brain to the Limit Get Scientists’ Attention in Fight Against Dementia

Neuroscientists have long recommended traditional games, such as bridge, Sudoku and crossword puzzles, to keep the brain sharp. New “brain training” games try to stimulate and speed up neural activity and slow deterioration in brain physiology that occurs with age. The World Health Organization in 2019 recommended cognitive training for older adults as a way to reduce the risk of dementia. There’s no recommended age to start playing these games; you can find games online or at libraries, community colleges or local chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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