Image courtesy of flickr user Mykl Roventine.
Image courtesy of flickr user Mykl Roventine.

Did you know that respected organizations like the Center for Disease Control, Alzheimers Association and American Cancer Society promote building jigsaw puzzles to improve your health?  They're not only fun (and a great library activity!) but also have quite a number of surprising health benefits.

Here are just a few of the ways in which puzzles can enhance your health and brain at every age:

  • The CDC and Alzheimers Association assert that activities such as puzzles, reading and board games are all ways to increase brain cells and delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute advises people who are trying to quit smoking to keep their hands busy by doing activities like needlework and jigsaw puzzles.
  • The American Geriatric Society recommends that you exercise your brain by doing word puzzles, number puzzles and jigsaw puzzles.  Switching up the activities will also help keep your brain stimulated.
  • The Center for Mental Health Services recommends creative and fun activities like jigsaw and crossword puzzles for recovery and relaxation.
  • The American Cancer Society also recommends hobbies and crafts including puzzles, playing an instrument and board games to help smokers quit.
  • The CDC’s BAM! Body and Mind program teaches kids to “take time to chill” by listening to music, putting together a puzzle or working on a project when they feel stressed.

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