Board Game Activities to Protect Thinking Abilities during Elderly Phase


According to a new study by the researchers of University of Edinburgh suggested that people who are involved in games such as board games or card games are more likely to stay mentally alert and sharp in elderly phase of life. Researchers also observed that individuals who played non-digital games on a daily basis had a better score on memory and thinking tests in their 70s. Moreover, researchers also suggested that people who enhanced game playing during their 70s were more likely to uphold certain thinking skills as they grew older. In this study, researchers from University of Edinburgh involved over 1,000 people of age group of 70 for tests such as problem solving, memory, thinking speed, and reasoning. Participants were instructed to attain these tests every three years until they aged 79. The group were also enquired how often they played games such as bingo, cards, chess, and crosswords at ages 70 and 76.

Researchers used statistical models to study the association between a person’s level of game playing and their rational thinking. The researchers also studied the results of an intelligence test that the participants underwent when they were 11 years old. Researchers also counted various lifestyle factors such as education, socio-economic status, and activity levels. Researchers observed that participants who increased playing board games in later years were observed to have experienced less drop in thinking skills in their seventies — particularly in memory function and thinking speed.

Dr Drew Altschul, of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, stated, “These latest findings add to evidence that being more engaged in activities during the life course might be associated with better thinking skills in later life. For those in their 70s or beyond, another message seems to be that playing non-digital games may be a positive behavior in terms of reducing cognitive decline.”


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