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The Thinking On Brain Games

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Do you play the Scrabble, Solitaire or other games? I have found that my mind is sharper when I take the time to play the games. Every day I play scrabble with a few friends, and I do at least 2 Spanish lessons. I also blog every day. Just putting my thoughts into words stimulates my brain. It is a great mental workout! emoticon

According to Harvard Health, brain games are defined as any activity that stimulates your thinking. That includes word puzzles like crosswords and Scrabble, but also traditional games like chess, Sudoku, and bridge. It also includes creative outlets like painting, playing an instrument, or learning a language.

While these activities are mentally stimulating, their long-term benefits are still being debated. Some studies have found they may help delay dementia or slow its progression, while other research has found no connection.

The more convincing evidence is that brain games may help sharpen certain thinking skills that tend to wane with age, such as processing speed, planning skills, reaction time, decision making, and short-term memory, according to a study in the November 2016 International Psychogeriatrics.

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