Ping pong is good for your brain. Your brain builds connections when an activity crosses from one side of your field of vision to the other. No activity accomplishes this as much as ping pong. This is why ping pong keeps you sharp and is great for therapy purposes.
As people get older, these connections start to break. We’ve mentioned this a few times (including when we went to the Museum of Natural History for ping pong), and now the LA Times has a story of ping pong’s utility specifically for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients who struggle with brain problems.
According to the article, ping pong clinics for these patients have started and those who have stuck with the therapy “experience big changes in alertness, balance and coordination.”
Players are also forced to anticipate where the ball is going, which help keeps your mind working and aids in the therapeutic properties.
Ping pong. Is there anything it can’t do?
Via LA Times