Why Play Bridge?

Researchers have found some very good reasons to play bridge:

♣ Those who play more frequently score higher on cognitive tests.
♦ Bridge games offer intellectual and social stimulation on a routine basis.
♥ An area in the brain used in playing bridge stimulates the immune system. Researchers suggest that is because players must use memory, visualization and sequencing.
♠ Any activity from which you derive pleasure prevents the onset of classic depression. Players are less likely to be depressed; hence, they sleep better, tend to exercise more and have a better life in general.
♣ Multiple changes in lifestyle (e.g. cognitive training and social activity, two of bridge’s chief benefits) can improve memory and thinking in those at risk for cognitive decline.
♦ Playing bridge can help older people retain their mental sharpness.
♠ The frequency of playing games is associated with greater brain volume in several regions that are affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Warren Buffet and Bill Gates are considered to be two of the smartest entrepreneurs in America. Both are also very accomplished bridge players. Buffett once said that he wouldn’t mind going to jail — but only if he had three cell mates who were capable bridge players.

“Bridge is more than just a card game. It’s a cerebral sport. Bridge teaches you logic, reasoning, quick thinking, patience, concentration and partnership skills.” Hall of Fame tennis star, Martina Navratilova.

Summarized from an article in the AARP Bulletin:
“A Bridge to Brain Power” March 2015

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