General Article Playing board games ‘helps keep your memory sharp in old age’

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Chess, bingo, cards and crosswords all help keep our minds agile, research suggests.

By Sabrina Barr

Playing board games may help elderly people keep their memories sharp, a study has claimed.

Those who regularly played games such as chess and bingo were more likely to have maintained their thinking skills, researchers found.

For the study, University of Edinburgh academics assessed 1,091 individuals, all of whom were born in 1939.

The participants’ general cognitive function was noted at the age of 11 and 70, and then a series of cognitive tests were conducted at the ages of 70, 73, 76 and 79.

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