Benefits of Bridge


Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland was the venue for a Scientific Conference on Recreational Activity and Joy on the Life of a Senior.

Bridge was featured very heavily at the conference, illustrating the social benefits for the elderly of playing bridge, and how good bridge can be for the brain, even helping to prevent dementia or Alzheimer’s.

The Conference, which linked several universities who are involved in research in this area, reached a decision to continue their research into proving that bridge delays and even prevents dementia.

Attending and contributing to the Conference were EBL President Yves Aubry, WBF President Gianarrigo Rona, EBL Committee members Josef Harsanyi & Eric Laurant, Chairman of the WBF Medical Committee Paolo Walter Gabriele, Anna Maria Hermanyi from the Hungarian Bridge Federation, Professor Samantha Punch from the University of Stirling and many other respected scholars from across Europe. Marek Malysa from the EBL and WBF Seniors Committee and Witold Stachnik , President of the Polish Bridge Union  were very involved in this highly successful conference, which was featured on Polish television.

Topics of the Conference

Bridge 60+ – Marek Malysa
Bridge and elderly a successful project in The Netherlands – Eric Laurant
Bridge and its Benefits to Society
Brighter, Smarter, Wiser. Distinction & Benefits of Mind Sports – Tihana Brkljačić
Contract Bridge and Senior Citizens, from Entertainment to Competition – Tihana Brkljačić
Individual Wellbeing and Bridge – An Empirical Analysis
Effects of cognitive training in aging in MRIfMRI studies – Emilia Leszkowicz
Sneak Teaching Bridge – Rosaline Barendregt
Brain Care & Aging – Paolo Walter Gabriele
The Secrets of the Bridge Brain – Helena Barendregt