CROSSWORDS: General Health; Cognitive Fitness


  • scientists activate brainLearning a skill, playing a game or solving a new kind of problem can improve mental flexibility and brain connections.
  • Crosswords appear to aid in concentration, and ability to recognize patterns.
  • Although doing crosswords cannot prevent dementia, practicing and challenging yourself appears to add to your "cognitive reserve", possibly delaying the onset of symptoms.
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