GOOD DEAL: Geoff Hiatt with Fran Hiatt and Pam Dougherty getting ready for the Grafton Bridge Club Bridge For Brain event. Photo Adam Hourigan
GOOD DEAL: Geoff Hiatt with Fran Hiatt and Pam Dougherty getting ready for the Grafton Bridge Club Bridge For Brain event. Photo Adam Hourigan

Walk and talk bridge to keep brain alert

TO THOSE who play, it's a fun, strategic game splashed with a few laughs and friendly competition.

But for your brain, bridge is like a 20km steeplechase.

A game of quick-thinking and calculated moves, bridge requires mental stamina and the ability to make impulsive decisions.

It is no surprise the card game is a solid workout for your brain.

Grafton Bridge Club director Geoff Hiatt knows firsthand the benefits of playing bridge and has been doing so for 20 years.

"They say it keeps you sharp and you do have to use a lot of concentration and memory and you are constantly working things out," Mr Hiatt said.

"Plus there is the social side - we often go for lunch and have afternoon teas together so it's the socialisation and the using of your mental skills mixed together."

The Grafton Bridge Club will be taking donations for the Bridge for Brain Research Challenge next Thursday, May 8.

The crew will play bridge at the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club from noon-5pm and will donate to Neuroscience Research Australia to aid in their research.

Community members are invited to drop in to hand over donations during that time or, if you would like to join the club, head along to have a chat.



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