Members of Cessnock Bridge Club have been using their brain power to fight dementia and raise money for Alzheimer’s and dementia research.
As part of the Bridge for Brain Research Challenge, players all donated money and took part in a special game of bridge recently, with funds going towards supporting research at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA).
One of the nation’s leading medical research institutes, money raised by Cessnock Bridge Club and others participating in the nationwide challenge, will support NeuRA researchers working on improving early diagnosis of dementia and developing treatments to prevent the disease altogether.
This year, the Bridge for Brain Research Challenge celebrated its 10th year with Cessnock Bridge Club supporting the cause for the past five.
Bridge club director and vice-president, Norma Byrne, said the game is an excellent way to keep the mind sharp.
“We do the challenge every year and it is a good reminder of the importance of keeping your brain healthy,” she said.
“It is an established fact that games like bridge and using logic helps ward off diseases such as dementia.
“Plus, it is a wonderful social thing and you meet some wonderful people, and you are never too young to start playing.”
Cessnock Bridge Club currently has 40 members and is always looking for more.
The club meets every Wednesday night and Friday morning at Dolphin House at Calvary Cessnock.
For more information, call 4990 6441 or 4998 1685.