Solving Puzzles Is Great For Your Brain!

Age affects us in different ways but for each of us it can impact on our memory, levels of concentration, thought processes and general mental health.  Our modern lifestyle is contributing to the increasing levels of Alzheimer’s and Dementia in our society.  Don’t despair because there are things that we can do to help keep our brains healthy.

Alzheimers Australia says that “Adults with hobbies that exercise their brain are 2.5 times less likely to have Alzheimer’s disease. The evidence is clear.”  The more mentally challenging the activity the better the result is for the brain.

One of the best ways to stimulate the brain is through solving puzzle games.  Popular puzzles include crosswords, codewords and sudoku.  Done regularly, the concentration and though involved will have the long term effect of delaying or reducing the affects of mind decay.  These puzzles focus the brain for just the right amount of time and intensity to achieve long lasting benefits.  They are also new each day so you are not repeating the same activity as you would if you redo a jigsaw puzzle and you are therefore giving your brain constant stimulation.  The other advantage of structured puzzles like word and number puzzles is that you can track your improvements.  You might find it hard to complete a crossword when you first start but keep at it.  In a few weeks time you will be able to look back and see how much you have improved.  You might even have fully completed the puzzle for the day.

Whether you enjoy solving a daily quick crossword, a codeword or a diabolical sudoku, there is definitely a puzzle to suit your needs.  Not only will doing puzzle keep your brain healthy, it will help you improve your vocabulary and logic skills.  Remember, exercising your brain now has long lasting benefits to your mental health.

 

 

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