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If you’ve ever wondered how 77 year-old Doyle Brunson can still play in the world’s biggest poker games, hang out in strip clubs, and participate in beer pong tournaments at an age when some people are entering the nursing home, new research by Dr. Jeffrey Cummings reveals why.
Cummings is one of the world’s leading Alzheimer’s disease researchers, and he says that playing poker can drastically reduce the chances of developing Alzheimer’s. In fact, Cummings’ research suggests that playing poker merely twice a week can reduce a person’s chances of Alzheimer’s by 50% or more.
The research done by Jeffrey Cummings makes reference to a 2009 French study where 5,000 elderly people participated in various mental games including poker. Out of all the games, poker was proven to be one of the most effective at battling Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Cummings explained the positive results that older people experience from playing poker by saying, “We have a social idea of what retirement consists of and we need to re-examine that idea. The logical extension of the data we have on dementia is that a person who is still capable of working – who is mentally stimulated with a strong sense of purpose – is better off from the cognitive point of view continuing to engage in that position.”
Judging from Cummings’ lengthy scientific explanation of poker’s benefits on the elderly, the elderly are better off jumping in some online hold’em games rather than sitting back and watching Larry King Live and Bill O’Reily every night. And while you may be nowhere close to your 70’s or 80’s, this is certainly something to keep in mind when you’re old enough to start wearing diapers again.
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