A Bridge to Brainpower?

A Bridge to Brainpower?

On the cusp of his 90th birthday, Leonard Melander passionately pursues a lifelong love affair with bridge, that sophisticated and complex grande dame of card games.

In 2007, at 82, Melander became the oldest player to win a U.S. national duplicate bridge championship; he did it again in the senior division four years later. The game remains a rewarding, if sometimes vexing, pursuit for the retired physician from West Bloomfield, Mich.

Warren Buffett (second from left) and Bill Gates (right) are among those for whom bridge plays a role in staying mentally sharp. — Borsheims Fine Jewelry

“It is the intellectual challenge, the problem-solving satisfaction” that makes bridge so attractive, said Melander, 89, who finished runner-up in the Super Senior Pairs at the Fall North American Championships last December in Providence, R.I. “Let’s put it this way: Any activity from which you derive pleasure prevents the onset of classic depression.”

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