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Crosswords Reduce Risk of Dementia, Study Says

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June 21, 2003|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Elderly people who frequently read, do crossword puzzles, practice a musical instrument or play board games cut their risk of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia by nearly two-thirds compared with people who seldom do such activities, researchers reported in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine. The study showed that volunteers who did crossword puzzles four days a week had a risk of dementia nearly half that of subjects who did puzzles weekly.

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