It is known that mentally stimulating activities help reduce the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease but what is less known is that poker is among those activities.
According to a 2009 study conducted in France on 5,000 people, there is a reduction of 50% in the occurrence rate of all forms of dementia for elderly people who played card games twice a week in comparison with those mentally sedentary. The study’s author, Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, who is one of the top Alzheimer’s researchers, discovered that the more you relax during your retirement the higher the risk of getting a form of dementia.
He declared: “The logical extension of the data we have on dementia is that a person who is still capable of working, who is mentally stimulated with a strong sense of purpose. is better off from the cognitive point of view continuing to engage in that position.” Otherwise put, those who spend their retirements vegetating in front of the TV are worse off than those who participate in brain stimulating activities.
“We have a social idea of what retirement consists of and we need to re-examine that idea,” he added.
“Use it or lose it,” wisely said co-author of the study in question, Dr. John Powell.
The good news is that poker is one of the activities that count as “using it”. The mental stimulation that poker produces is efficient in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s. Other activities from the category of “using it” are board games such as chess and even physical activities that require you to be creative, like dancing.
In 2006, 26.6 million people worldwide were suffering from Alzheimer’s, a disease characterised by long-term memory loss, confusion and other symptoms of dementia. Alzheimer’s affects not only the individuals and their families but also the medical system and the economy at large through the enormous costs it generates.
Let’s play free poker for the fun of it and for preserving our future mental health!