Chess: Good for Your Brain & an Added Vitamin for Seniors

What to do after 50 chess
Portrait of a happy senior couple playing chess

by Dale Bliss 

According to an article entitled “7 Benefits of Playing Chess for Seniors: Why the Game Is So Important,” chess is almost like a vitamin for seniors. Chess makes you think, and it can help in the cognition process. It doesn’t take a lot to play (equipment-wise) and it can be a social outlet. Seniors can get together and have fun at the same time.  

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According to U.S. Chess Federation, current research supports social and mental activities is important to seniors. Playing chess has the brain participate. It is exercise for the mind. Chess also fortifies the brain in reasoning and in retaining information in older adults. It’s also a great stress reliever and has been shown to lessen dementia.