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by Carole Carson, AARP, September 18, 2008
We don't usually think of the brain as a muscle, but it does need exercise. Some of us stay mentally alert by continuing to work into our 70s and 80s, as many of the Supreme Court justices do. Others of us do crossword puzzles or play games like chess and bridge.
Nancy Eubanks, 59, of Rough and Ready, Calif., a certified bridge instructor, reminds us that "there are all kinds of bridge players—from the novice to professional players representing the United States in world competitions."
She says, "Bridge is a very complicated game. Like chess, the rules can be learned in one sitting, but it takes a lifetime to master the game. The challenge, though, keeps us mentally alert.
"Everyone can play the game at their own level. What's important," Nancy says, "is to stay in the game."
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