Sunday, April 20, 2008

Benefits of Playing Board Games

Board games are played to improve memory, counting skills and hone one’s strategy. For children weak in mathematics and lacking concentration, Aliguli Mane (Mancala) is a traditional antidote. Alignment games like Nava Kankari will help unclutter the mind. Hunt games like Adu Huli and Aney Kattu enable kids to develop a killer instinct to succeed. Race games like Pagade, Chauka Bara and Panchi instil confidence to race ahead in this competitive world.

Those who play board games regularly can drastically reduce their risk of Alzheimer's disease and dementia as they age. Why? Playing board games is incredibly good for your mental and physical health and your very sanity.

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that challenging your brain with mentally stimulating leisure activities (including playing board games or cards, doing crossword puzzles, reading, writing, and playing musical instruments) is great for your mind.

Seniors who participated in such activities about once a week for a 20 year period reduced the risk of dementia by 7 percent. Those who engaged in these activities more often reduced their risk even more by 63 percent!

Come, rediscover the magic of board games

- Dr. C.R. Dileep Kumar


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