LEARN to play Bridge; your brain will say “thank you”.
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Now that’s a pretty provocative claim, so what are the facts to back it up?
We live in a community which is blessed with ample opportunities for outdoor activities. However these activities alone are not enough to keep your brain active and healthy.
“Like all of our muscles, brains need exercise and it is an established fact that one very effective brain exercise is playing bridge. Most sedentary activities like reading and watching TV simply don’t provide the necessary stimulation” said Leslie Falla from Hawks Nest Bridge Club.
“Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to change and adapt by learning new things, and you have the power to increase your brain’s growth at any stage of your life” according to Elle Kaplan, a US financial expert and entrepreneur. She argues that meditation, video and card games and reading are all effective and that bridge is “one of the most challenging and brain-stimulating card games”.
Bridge offers something for everyone, from all walks of life, all ages and physical conditions, and has an important social component. According to Dr Melissa Rogerson of the University of Melbourne, board games are enjoying renewed popularity due to the following factors: they are social; they provide an intellectual challenge or an opportunity for strategic thinking; they are material and tactile; and they provide variety – just like bridge!
Playing is inexpensive, can be done in air-conditioned comfort, and requires no special uniforms.
Hawks Nest Bridge Club will be offering affordable and fun lessons on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. starting in late February. For more information, please contact Leslie Falla on 0413 487 282.
By Sally HUNTER