14 July 2016

More on Chess and Alzheimer's

A recent article in Yahoo Finance, The financial and emotional toll of America’s Alzheimer’s problem, started with two stunning statistics,

One-third of individuals over age 85 have Alzheimer’s disease and 1 in 9 over age 65 have the memory-crippling disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. This is a startling demographic story as the American population ages.

It reminded me of a blog post from last year, It's All About Money (August 2015), that focused on the claims of miracle properties chess has in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. My own take on the subject was,

No one knows what effect chess might have on Alzheimer's disease.

The Yahoo Finance article continued,

"Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed," [Ruth Drew, Director of Family and Information Services at the Alzheimer’s Association] added.

The italics are mine. It was a revelation to me.

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