Reading and Bingo Keep the Brain Sharp

April 16, 2010

Never in my wildest imaginings did I think I would use the words reading and bingo in the same sentence but here they are, snug little bedfellows that apparently they have something in common. According to Dr. Amir Soas of Case Western Reserve University Medical School in Cleveland, both of these activities stimulate the brain to think. He also recommends less time watching tv because “your brain goes into neutral”. I guess the term boob-tube is an accurate descriptor after all.

Life long learning to stimulate the brain is like money in the bank and will help to counter brain-damaging diseases as we age. Dr. David Bennett of Chicago's Rush University suggests that reading a lot prior to age 18 is a key predictor of later cognitive function. In layman’s terms, the more you read as a child and teenager the better your chances of keeping your brain sharp in later life. Interestingly, bingo does the same thing. A cognitive psychologist in England found that when elderly people regularly played bingo, it helped minimize their memory loss and bolster their hand-eye coordination. Bingo seemed to help players of all ages remain mentally sharp.

I can’t promise that I’m going to visit the local bingo hall any time soon but I do have a stack of books by my bed that are waiting for me tonight when I tuck in for a comfy read.

Check out my bookstore if you’re looking for some inspired reading suggestions.


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