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Monday, 09 January 2012 08:31

Bingo Games Boost Cognitive Skills

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For those of us who spend their sick days playing a little bingo online, we’ve long suspected that our favourite numbers game is good for us. Now it seems new research has shown that bingo games can boost cognitive skills.

A report released by researchers from Case Western Reserve University, Boston University and Bridgewater State University shows that the benefits of playing bingo games aren’t just social; playing bingo can boost cognitive skills for people suffering from Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and dementia.


Cognitive deterioration and visual perception problems are often the result of degenerative illnesses, but they’re also part of the natural aging process. As the body ages, it begins to lose the ability to sense contrasts, which can lead to problems with driving, moving safely, reading and eating. Researchers generated the cards for bingo online, manipulated their brightness, size and contrast and compared the performance amongst groups of people of varied age and health. Those with severe dementia showed little improvement, but those with mild dementia could perform at the same level as the healthy control group.


Visual support is one of many forms of Externally Supported Performance Intervention and is considered to be of significant value when seeking to enhance cognitive performance. Bingo is one enjoyable way to assist these functions whilst allowing social interaction.
So the verdict is in and it seems that all parties agree that bingo is an excellent way to have fun and stay sharp. If you’d like to start playing, visit our review page for the best online bingo sites and bonus offers.