Alzheimer’s Avoidance – Blog 3: Puzzle Games

Puzzle Games, some people love them some people hate them but have you ever stopped and thought about how they can be good for you? It is said that if you do puzzle games regularly then you are less likely to get Alzheimer’s/Dementia and that is what we are going to be looking at in today’s blog!

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Today’s blog is going to be the third blog in the Alzheimer’s Avoidance series and is going to be about how puzzle games help lower your risk of getting Alzheimer’s/ Dementia. Puzzle games, as inclined by the name, are usually challenging and do encourage you to think. They encourage you to constantly stimulate your brain to think of the right answer. To most people this is common knowledge but if we stop and think about it the links to how it reduces your chances of getting Alzheimer’s can be quite clear.

An article that I found on LittleThings, https://www.littlethings.com/alzheimers-puzzles-and-games/, helps talk us through the process. A scientific study conducted in 2012 found that people who stay “mentally engaged” through life have lower levels of a protein called beta-amyloid which is found in the brain. Beta-amyloid protein can “clump up to form hardened plaques that destroy memory and thinking skills”. These clumps of beta-amyloid are often found in people who do suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. They do also briefly mention another study which found that people who do complete regular puzzles aren’t affected by Alzheimer’s until later life.

The best thing about these studies os how easy it actually is to find puzzle games to do. If we’re doing them in real life then it is as easy as going to a local shop and picking up a puzzle book. The puzzles could be word searches, crosswords, find the difference, it doesn’t matter. The type of game is irrelevant, it is the fact that you are stimulating your brain is the important part. What I would advise however is to do something that you enjoy. Don’t just do crosswords cos you think it’ll help, do them if you enjoy them.

If you have a phone/ tablet it is even easier. You could type into google puzzle games or you can just browse through the app store.  There are millions upon millions of different puzzle games out there and they can be really easy to find. I would say to try and go for the free games but if you do want to pay for you apps that is still completely fine.

I’ll set a challenge on this page. If you don’t do many puzzle games in your free time, I want you to try at least one a day. Even if you just do the crossword in the local paper, one a day os the challenge. Give yourself five to ten minutes to really stimulate your brain. As well as helping reduce the chances of getting Alzheimer’s it does also help you build your mental strength and broaden your knowledge.

That is all I want to talk about in today’s blog! What do you all think? Did you know puzzle games can reduce your chance of getting Alzheimer’s? Are you going to start doing more puzzle games? Do you know any other ways to reduce your chance of getting Alzheimer’s? Let me know what you think in the comments. All feedback is appreciated.

Thank you all for reading and I hope you have a great day,

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