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Can a daily crossword puzzle slow cognitive decline?

By Teddy Amenabar

10 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

The Washington Post explores why it may be worth your while to add a crossword to your daily routine - but the science is far from conclusive.

For years, scientists have been trying to figure out whether "brain workouts" such as puzzles and online cognitive games could strengthen our minds and slow the process of aging.

Now, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that regularly attempting a crossword may help slow decline in some people with mild cognitive impairment, an early stage of faltering memory that can sometimes progress to dementia.

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