Dr Caligari
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So says science! "Playing board games, cognitive decline and dementia: a French population-based cohort study"

http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/3/8/e002998.full?rss=1
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Eric Johnson
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Cool! Now I have scientific evidence to show my wife whenever she tells me I don't need 10 more games. That's how it works, right? More games equals less dementia? Well, That's my interpretation.
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Board games comprised card games, bingo, chess, draughts and other parlour games.
Of course.

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Results Among 3675 non-demented participants at baseline, 32.2% reported regular board game playing. Eight-hundred and forty participants developed dementia during the 20 years of follow-up. The risk of dementia was 15% lower in board game players than in non-players (HR=0.85, 95% CI 0.74 to 0.99; p=0.04) after adjustment on age, gender, education and other confounders. The statistical significance disappeared after supplementary adjustment on baseline mini-mental state examination (MMSE) and depression (HR=0.96, 95% CI 0.82 to 1.12; p=0.61). However, board game players had less decline in their MMSE score during the follow-up of the cohort (β=0.011, p=0.03) and less incident depression than non-players"
Non-demented board gamers? Oxymoron?
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This isn't really a surprise. Any kind of mental exercise is said to prevent cognitive decline: doing puzzles, reading, learning a language or a musical instrument. Physical exercise apparently helps as well.

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So heavy Euro is better than mindless dice chucking? Glad we sorted that
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There will be less depression too, because board games are fun and social. More often than not these elderly people need to go out and have a social life but they can't find a reason to. Board games give them an incentive to go out and have fun with friends.
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porkchop_tw wrote:

There will be less depression too, because board games are fun and social. More often than not these elderly people need to go out and have a social life but they can't find a reason to. Board games give them an incentive to go out and have fun with friends.


When I'm old and decrepit (but still in full control of my faculties), I will most likely die from a broken hip after having fallen down while trying to pick up my Twilight Imperium 3 box.

But at least I'll die happy


PS: Why am I still playing TI3 in 40-odd years, you ask? Because screw that newfangled 10th edition with holographic minis and integrated app game play, and an included robot butler for set up and tear down! When I was younger we set up our own board games, and we liked it that way!)
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I'm a bit sceptical. Let's discuss the analogous case of proving the health benefits of exercise by way of example. There's an alternate interpretation that the exercise studies had to overcome to conclusively demonstrate the health benefits of moderate exercise. This interpretation just ran the causal sequence in reverse: being healthy leads to being more physically active. The catch is that this alternate interpretation is also true and it took carefully designed studies where some participants were assigned exercise interventions while others acted as controls to disentangle the effects.

Notice that I was talking about the (well-established) benefits of moderate exercise. The problem still persists when trying to determine if intensive athletic training is better than moderate exercise. It's very difficult to show that the apparent association with good health isn't due to athletes simply being more physically robust than other people.

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More often than not these elderly people need to go out and have a social life but they can't find a reason to.

More often than not, those elderly people suffer from multiple chronic diseases that can be socially crippling like incontinence. The elderly really need fewer patronizing admonishments and lifestyle adjustments overshadowing the drive for genuine progress in medical research against the conditions that are crippling them and eroding their dignity.
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scott3387 wrote:
So heavy Euro is better than mindless dice chucking? Glad we sorted that


Yeah, well... We'll have more supple wrists. In time you will lose the strength to move your tiny wooden cubes, so watch out!
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