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Dr. Gary Small, M.D.

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Gary Small, M.D., is Chair of Psychiatry at Hackensack University Medical Center, and Physician in Chief for Behavioral Health Services at Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest, most comprehensive and integrated healthcare network. Dr. Small has often appeared on the TODAY show, Good Morning America, and CNN and is co-author (with his wife Gigi Vorgan) of 10 popular books, including New York Times bestseller, “The Memory Bible,” “The Small Guide to Anxiety,” and “The Small Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Tags: crossword puzzles | verbal skills | dementia
OPINION

Crosswords Improve Cognition

Dr. Small By Tuesday, 23 April 2019 04:32 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Many studies have demonstrated an association between mental stimulation from games, puzzles, and challenging tasks, and a lower risk for developing dementia.

A study published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry suggests that doing daily crossword puzzles will improve cognitive performance.

Researchers randomly divided 37 middle-age and older adults into a crossword puzzle group and a control group that wrote a daily entry in a diary rather than complete daily puzzles.

Before and after the four-week experiment, research volunteers were given assessments of different language skills, such as how quickly they can think of certain words.

Study volunteers in the crossword-puzzle group demonstrated significant improvements in their verbal cognitive skills, while the control did not.

These encouraging findings will likely make many crossword fans even more passionate about their puzzles.

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Many studies have demonstrated an association between mental stimulation from games, puzzles, and challenging tasks, and a lower risk for developing dementia.
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