By Amy Norton 

HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Older adults looking to slow down memory loss might find some help in a classic brain-teaser: the crossword puzzle.

That’s the suggestion of a small study that followed older adults with mild cognitive impairment — problems with memory and thinking that may progress to dementia over time. Researchers found that those randomly assigned to do crossword puzzles for 18 months showed a small improvement in tests of memory and other mental skills.

That was in contrast to study participants who were assigned to a more modern brain exercise: computer games designed to…


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