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Can Chess Check-mate Alzheimer´s?
1.       si++
3785 posts
 10 Dec 2010 Fri 10:23 am

Can Chess Check-mate Alzheimer´s?

 

An intellectual challenge to tax the brain - this is international chess in the name of science. 

 

Russian grandmaster Anatoly Karpov lead a team in Nice - against French counterpart Joel Lautier - in Moscow - to see if chess can protect against Alzheimer´s Disease. 

 

The scientists monitored the players brain activity as they struggled with complex moves, measuring their emotional and psychological reactions and stress levels.

 

The researchers believe the intellectual rigours of chess could provide the perfect antidote to Alzheimer´s, the most common form of dementia, according to Professor Philippe Robert

 

[Professor Philippe Robert, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis]:     

"This is not only memory disturbances but there are other cognitive functions that are impaired. For instance attentional processes, or the fact... The organizational strategy in front of a task. And in chess, you have all these components." 

 

More than 35 million people suffer from Alzheimer´s Disease and with a rapidly ageing population, especially in industrialised countries, the figure could double in the next 20 years

 

[Professor Philippe Robert, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis]:              

"This type of serious game is a protecting factor in order to have a normal cognitive functioning even in the elderly. If you have a normal cognitive functioning, you fight against AD, Alzheimer ´s disease." 

 

For three decades, Karpov has been at the top of a game he says is like a mental workout. 

 

[Anatoly Karpov, Russian Chess Grandmaster]:     

"If you train, if you keep your brains working all the time, you maintain your abilities, thinking abilities, you maintain your memories." 

 

Research has shown that the memory can begin to fade from the age of 20 - but it´s hoped that mental exercise like chess, will check-mate the onset of Alzheimer´s Disease.

 

Source: here

2.       barba_mama
1629 posts
 10 Dec 2010 Fri 01:42 pm

Any kind of mental work-out will help the brain. I don´t enjoy chess at all, so I don´t think playing chess will help me battle Alzheimer. It will just give me raised blood pressure But it has already been shown that doing word puzzles, or even painting (artistic paintings, not the walls of your house) help with slowing down Alzheimer´s.

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