Use it or lose it – exercise your mind

Use it or lose it – exercise your mind
Use it or lose it – exercise your mind

Does the card game of bridge improve your memory and ward off dementia?

Many scientists think so, and bridge players are among a select group often chosen by scientists for study and on-going research. But staying mentally alert and relevant is just one aspect of learning and playing bridge.

Friendship and the social interaction that rises from a shared interest is also part and parcel of the game.

The Sunshine Coast Contract Bridge clubs runs beginners classes just once a year. Bookings are now being taken for the next series starting Wednesday March 2, 2016.

The course runs over 14 weeks, including four review sessions. The classes are held Wednesday mornings from 9am to 12 noon. Instructor Wendy O'Brien said beginners are then skilled enough to join supervised play which is held at the club every Wednesday morning when the course has completed.

Beginners or those taking the course as a refresher can then choose from several levels of play with games held throughout the week at the club rooms at the northern end of the Elizabeth Daniels Sports Complex on Syd Lingard Drive, Buderim.

Details on the club website or phone 5444 7574, or email

For further information: Tony Walford: 5443 5780

Topics:  bridge dementia mind seniors sunshine coast

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