Puzzles? Reading? Yes – they ARE good for you!

Lynn Dorman, Ph.D. // Aging, human interest


January 23  

crossword puzzleKeep reading and doing those puzzles as you get older.

In fact, if you are younger, and don't do puzzles –  start now and keep doing them … it's good for your brain –

According to a study:

Doing puzzles and reading books have been linked with a decreased risk of Alzheimer's disease, and a new study may explain why — it reduces the accumulation of harmful proteins in the brain.

I've always believed that games play the same role – they keep our brains active. And they provide, what I found, were some therapeutic results for people of many ages.

pinball machineOf course I do have a bias.

I am, and have been, a big game player.  I started out with pinball, moved on to amusement park arcades, video games and now computer games.

Just ask my son who played his video games more – him or me?  :)

I grew up with crossword puzzles and still do them. And the same with reading. Guess now I am glad I did so much of what others tended to call a "waste of time."

Do you play games? Do puzzles?

Have some favorites to share? Thanks……



  • I wish you had pointed out the benefits of doing these things by hand (as opposed to on a computer). We are killing our creativity by reading and doing everything on computers and machines. Nothing can replace an actual, real-life book. And look, it’s even in 3-D!

    • Thank you Amethyst. That’s an idea for yet another post 🙂 Just think – 3D! Great comment. [We kill creativity in many ways, especially in children, and I write about that elsewhere.]


    • Thanks Jane. Sounds like you too will avoid brain plaque! Brains needs to do work – use them or lose them!


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    About the Author

    Native of NYC who moved a lot, got several degrees, and has been a lifelong writer and reader... I am interested in many things - and I write [and teach] about them - especially the human lifespan and healthy aging

    Lynn Dorman, Ph.D.