05 Nov A Bridge to Brainpower?
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.
“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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