Playing mind games

 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) – Veterans from Tuscaloosa’s VA Medical Center are playing mind games.  Actually, they are playing a game that will hopefully strengthen their minds.  Chess.  There has been some research to indicate that games like chess, which require a lot of brain power, can improve a person’s memory.  It could also help to slow Alzheimer’s symptoms.  Experts describe these “mind sports” has being like a Stairmaster for your brain.  The idea is that when you stay cognitively active, your mind stays in shape.

 

Experts will be coming to the VA once a week to coach the veterans on how to play chess.  For many, it’s their first trying the game.  Instructors say they should be ready to play a full game on their own in four weeks.  At that point, there has been some discussion about arranging for tournament play with the Birmingham-area VA Medical Center.

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