Wellness Pathway #123: Do Crossword Puzzles

Last week we had a friend visiting who, upon picking up a pen while reading the morning paper, somewhat sheepishly admitted that he had picked up the habit of doing crossword puzzles. I coached him to continue the habit, because more than one study has found an inverse relationship between the incidence of crossword puzzles and Alzheimer’s disease. The more crossword puzzles you do, along with other brain-stimulating activities, the less chance you have of developing Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that your chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease drops by as much as 50%.

One theory is that brain-stimulating activities build dendrites, the connections between brain cells. Whereas the number of brain cells declines with age, the number of dendrites declines with idleness. The more we use our brain, the more dendrites we make, and the more resistant our brains become to Alzheimer’s. Watching TV is typically not a brain-stimulating activity. Doing crossword puzzles, playing card games, reading newspapers or books, and working jigsaw puzzles are more to the point: stay intellectually active to stay healthy over time.

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
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