Crossword Puzzle

Those over age 50 who played puzzles such as crosswords and Sudoku have better brain function, according to research involving more than 19,000 participants and led by the University of Exeter and King’s College London.

Findings appeared in May in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

Researchers calculated people who engage in word puzzles have brain function equivalent to 10 years younger than their age, on tests assessing grammatical reasoning and eight years younger than their age on tests measuring short-term memory.