BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — Internet word game Wordle continues to pop up on social media nationwide.
However, a neurologist nurse practitioner at OSF St. Joseph in Bloomington says gambling may actually benefit your brain.
Kelly Kratschmer said several studies have shown that doing crosswords, word searches and Sudoku puzzles stimulates the brain. She said that includes video games like Words With Friends or Wordle.
“You work your brain and it builds more connections, it gets stronger to help increase your cognitive function,” Kratschmer said.
She said keeping the brain active delayed the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in patients for up to five years.
“Just like when your GP tells you to stay as active as possible, for as long as you can, because it will delay that debility where you can’t function, it does the same for your brain. It may not stop you be not to get dementia or slow down, but it can delay onset,” Kratschmer said.
She said that since the younger generation plays Wordle and other similar games, it will be easier for them to keep their minds active as they get older.
“It can help people perform better on memory tasks, reasoning, attention, and most importantly speed and accuracy. Studies have shown that performing well in these categories can be attributed to skill training. your brain,” Kratschmer said.
Kratschmer also recommends games for young children who might be given screen time on a parent’s tablet.