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Nope, poker won’t stop your brain from deteriorating

You know, I’m sure, how there have been a few highly-publicized studies showing that leisure-time activities, things like reading books, listening to music, taking classes, participating in clubs, playing cards or games, going to church (or whatever house of worship you prefer to attend – or, not attend), and even gardening lead to a reduced risk of cognitive decline because, I guess, using your brain for, well, anything, beats not using it.

Well, maybe not.

So a study just published in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, that tracked 8,280 people with an average age of 56 years who were followed for an average of 18 years found no link between taking part in leisure activities in mid-life with the subsequent risk of dementia, although happily the study did find that people who took part in more leisure activities at the average age of 66 were less likely to have dementia diagnosed over the next eight years than people who had lower participation (the downer is that that could just be, I will presume, that older people who are less likely to suffer significant cognitive decline are those who are more likely to participate in leisure-time activities, the usual which-is-the-cart-and-which-is-the-horse conundrum).

Shucks.

I’m afraid, pardner, that it’s gonna take more than regular rounds of Texas Holdem to protect your brain.

How about, instead, poker while running?