Playing bridge to protect your brain against Alzheimer’s disease?

Bridge forces players to think and develop strategy. An ideal duo to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

In 2040, France should have more than two million patients with Alzheimer’s disease. If, for the moment, there is no treatment to overcome it, drugs relieve certain symptoms of this neurodegenerative disease.

How to protect yourself from it? No miracle recipe unfortunately but actions to adopt on a daily basis to reduce the risk. For example, it is advisable to have a healthy diet, maintain social ties, practice regular physical activity, etc. Another key: stimulate your brain with activities. Advice validated by the professor of public health and director of France Alzheimer, Philippe Amouyel with Pleine Vie: “The brain is a muscle that must be trained, like an athlete, to help it resist the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s for as long as possible.“.

Keep your brain alert

And for that, the bridge seems perfect because this activity combines brain stimulation and social relations. “As for the game itself, it is our best cerebral coach: we activate the frontal areas of the brain which ensure the performance of complex and multiple tasks, such as memorizing our cards, making choices and interacting with our partner, so many simultaneous functions which awaken our neurons and maintain them“, details psychiatrist Véronique Lefebvre des Noëttes, specialist in the elderly.

Professor Amouyel notes the interest of this sport of the mind to maintain his brain. Indeed, the bridge helps develop the brain’s ability to establish new connections between neurons. And don’t stop at bridge to boost your brain. Other card games, board games, etc. have the same assets to keep Alzheimer’s disease away from you for as long as possible.

The Vaincre Alzheimer Foundation recalls the nine main symptoms of the disease: language disorders, memory loss, loss of judgment, difficulties in planning or problem solving, withdrawal from work or social activities, disorientation, changes moodiness, difficulty performing everyday tasks, and inability to recognize familiar objects or people.

If you are worried about yourself or someone close to you, do not hesitate to consult your doctor. He can refer you to a specialized structure in order to carry out additional tests and examinations.

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