100-year-old woman attributes long life to playing Bingo

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Is Bingo the fountain of youth? After hearing about Milly Smith in the UK, I think so. The 100-year-old woman has just received a letter from the Queen of England to commemorate her 100th birthday, but we’re thinking of sending her a congratulatory present ourselves after hearing how she achieved this incredible milestone.

For more than 30 years, Milly Smith has headed out to play Bingo with new friends and old. And she attributes the game for helping her live a long life. How big a deal is Bingo in her life? Well, to celebrate her 100th birthday, she hit a bingo hall with her sons.

So what’s the deal here? Can Bingo actually help you live a long life? While we don’t have any scientific evidence to back it up, there’s lots of anecdotal evidence and some related scientific proof that support it.

Playing Bingo keeps your mind sharp

In old age, and all throughout life, it’s important to keep your mind sharp. Chess, reading, and other mind-sharpening activities are great for the brain. Bingo is included in that list because looking for numbers on a card helps and racing to daub them is good for your brain. And Milly doesn’t just play Bingo. She also loves puzzles, so much so that her sons bought her a 1,000-piece set for her birthday.

Socializing with other people keeps you alert

They say that about 5 years after retirement, a lot of people start to get sick and show their age. Having nothing to do after working for 60 years can suddenly take a toll on a person. Buy building a routine that includes playing Bingo and socializing with friends, you’ve got a solid reason to get up in the morning and enjoy life.

It’s a great way to get exercise

OK, so playing Bingo isn’t exactly equivalent to doing a round of Tony Horton’s P90X3. But for a senior citizen, walking to the Bingo hall, taking a trip up the aisle to claim winnings, and anything else that keeps the body moving is a good call.

What’s your take on all this? Can Bingo improve your health? Comment below and let us know. Or tweet the article if you found it interesting.