The National Brain Game Challenge, hosted by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) is back this year, encouraging casual crossworders and adamant puzzle-solvers alike to try their hand at a series of different brain games.
The challenge is designed by Merl Reagle, whose crosswords appear in 50 newspapers across the country. Winners can be awarded a grand prize of $5,000 and many other prizes. The entry fee is $25.
The contest is primarily hosted to raise awareness and contributions for Alzheimer's care and the millions of Americans who are tending to the needs of a loved one who has the disease. It is also meant to show the importance of staying mentally engaged at any age.
"Alzheimer's disease is devastating to the people who have it, but it's especially tough on family caregivers, who are perennially overworked and underfunded. After seeing its impact close up, I've always wanted to do my share to benefit the cause directly, and I thank AFA for giving me that chance," said Reagle.
The Alzheimer's Association estimates that 5.4 million Americans are currently living with the disease and that almost 15 million caregivers are looking after them each day, a responsibility that can prove to be exhausting and overwhelming.