Bingo Helps Keep the Brain Alert


Posted on: 03 July 2014 by James White

Bingo gets a lot of stick for being a game for old pensioners, something that’s played in dusty halls and abandoned church basements across the land by crotchety old ladies. But according to a study it seems that the blue rinse brigade is actually benefiting from this game.

The study conducted in 2002 by Southampton University, found that people who regularly played bingo had faster reaction skills and a higher rate of accuracy when it came to finding various numbers scattered around a card than a non-bingo playing group were.

During the study, 112 players were split into two groups that were divided by age, one group comprised of 18 to 40 year olds and the other 60 to 82 year olds.

Then the two teams had their mental processing and memory skills tested through a series of number matching tests and every single time the regular bingo players would do miles better than those who hadn’t played it.

According to the study’s organiser, Julie Winstone the regular players did better because: “The skill needed in bingo is quite high, which is why these findings are no surprise.”

She continued noting its benefits by saying: “Any mental or physical activity is good, but bingo involves searching for digits which is pretty sensitive to the ageing process. In bingo you have to sustain your attention sometimes for several hours and it’s very important not to miss a number.”

As we get older our concentration starts to wane and we find it difficult to focus on certain information for extended periods of time, that’s why bingo is perhaps so popular with the older crowd.

Through regular games the older, more experienced players have managed to hold on to and improve their mental faculties.

But it’s not only halls that pensioners can play bingo in now as the introduction of new technology has allowed for the creation of websites and mobile bingo apps that let you play your favourite bingo or casino games wherever and whenever you like.

In fact there are so many that you could click here for popular bingo sites and be playing a game within mere minutes.

But it’s not just pensioners that are benefiting from bingo games as stroke patients have begun to show significant amounts of mental recovery from regular matches of bingo.

Through a process called neuro-genesis, stroke patients were shown to have improved growth in the damaged areas of their brains. An unexpected side effect was that their brain cellular structure had apparently re-organised itself to bypass the damaged sections.

In the same way a road is built around an obstacle, the neurons in the brain could now flow freely around the damaged stroke sections. This resulted in improved mental competency of the patients.

So in future before you fob off bingo as being a boring game for old people, you may want to remember that there are a lot of benefits from this simple little number matching game.


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