Cognitive reserve acts as a protective buffer and is created by active engagement in stimulating intellectual, social and physical activities. This buffer helps the brain to fend off symptoms of cognitive decline.
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Our brains crave novelty, complexity and variety, and playing games provides that stimulation. Engaging in new games that challenge cognitive areas such as critical thinking, memory or word skills promotes the creation of neural pathways that help maintain and improve brain function.
Although Alzheimer’s Disease cannot be prevented, studies have shown that building up your cognitive reserve can reduce symptoms and/or delay their onset. Research has also shown that people with more education or with cognitive skills like fluency in more than one language have stronger cognitive reserve and are therefore better equipped to cope with the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease.