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Social activities and games protect against mental illness, do you think Big Brother Nigeria does?

Dr. Lala .A.

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• This research attempts to prove that playing games, engaging in social activities, use of computer and crafting reduces our risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s, even in those who have genes for these mental problems. However, the big question from this finding is this, ”Do you think that participating in reality shows like Big Brother Nigeria or engaging in mind playing games as is done on the show may reduce one’s risk of mental illnesses?”
Read on to find out the result of the research.
• Mentally stimulating activities can protect your brain against aging, even if you’re genetically predisposed toward dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

• A Mayo Clinic’s study found, ”activities that keep the brain busy like using a computer, crafting, playing games and participating in social activities appear to lower the risk of age-related mental decline in people 70 and older.”

• It was also noted that these activities reduce the risk of people developing mild thinking problems, even for people who have apolipoprotein E (APOE), a genetic risk factor for dementia and Alzheimer’s.

• After studying more than 1,900 mentally healthy men and women for four years, the researchers recorded that those involved in mind stimulating activities had a lower risk of memory and thinking problems. The decline in risk per activity is as follows;
-30 percent with computer use,
-28 percent with crafting activities,
-23 percent with social activities,
-22 percent with playing games.

• The researchers also found that people who performed these activities at least one to two times per week had less decline in memory and thinking skills than people who did these activities only two to three times per month or less. Reading books and newspapers regularly didn’t seem to confer the same benefits for thinking and memory, the study suggested.

• However, this research does not endorse online brain training programmes nor does it support engaging in crossword puzzles or computer games like your life depends on it. It does not mean that you should spend four hours playing computer games daily or playing 10 Sudoku puzzles either.
• Hope you benefitted from the research. Please feel free to write your comments and answer the question above.

The study was published Jan. 30 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Dr. Lala .A. is a graduate of University of Ilorin who also holds a Diploma in Computer Engineering. She is an MDCN (Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria) certified doctor who aspires to be a plastic surgeon involved in creating awareness about women's rights and responsibilities and also training would be surgeons. She is a proud member of various reputable bodies including the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and Young Africa Leaders Initiative (YALI). She loves to read, write, sleep and play the drums in her spare time.