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Study: Puzzles, games don’t give brain boost

After being told for years that doing daily crossword puzzles or other types of brain stretchers would help maintain our cognitive abilities, researchers now say it isn’t so.

Specifically, researchers at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland wanted to look at whether “intellectual engagement” can help to offset age-related cognitive decline.

Their conclusion was that late-life ability was based on early life ability and engagement along the way. In other words, the more intellectual ability we start with, the more likely we are to engage in mental activities throughout our lives, so we have a higher

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