We all know that aside from being physically fit, our minds should also stay in a healthy state as well. If we strive to maintain wellness through eating a balanced diet and routinely doing physical activities, we should also make it a point to exercise our minds. Brain workout is equally important because this can help us avoid unwanted diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. One of the fun ways to stimulate the brain is to play games like bingo. Just so you know, playing bingo can actually help in avoiding Alzheimer’s disease as well as dementia.
The American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia published a report stating that playing bingo has a positive effect on people suffering from cognitive diseases. By providing mental stimulation, bingo increases alertness and awareness in the minds of those who play the game. It is therefore advisable to frequently engage in bingo socials in the halls of St Roccos or online at cheekybingo, because either way, you will still reap the mental benefits. A study done by Benjamin Sobel of Princeton University found that bingo is valuable in the daily management of patients with Alzheimer’s. Participants in the study who played bingo performed remarkably better on cognition measures than those who did not. Thus, bingo was found to have a therapeutic effect on the subjects.
Playing bingo is also advantageous for patients with dementia. In another study, it was found that when variants other than the traditional bingo games are used, subjects with dementia can identify animals, body parts, as well as food items. This means that alternatives to the classic bingo game (with the same pattern of completing a row in order to win) help stimulate patients on dissimilar levels, and for different abilities. Bingo is therefore ideal for persons suffering from different stages of dementia, since the game stimulates thought processes, cognitive abilities, and memories.
* Please note this is a guest post by Emma Bradley