Bridge marathon held for Alzheimer's awareness

POSTED: 5:01 PM Jun 21 2013   UPDATED: 6:14 PM Jun 21 2013
REDDING, Calif. -

A marathon of bridge games was held nationwide Friday to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease.

Some Redding folks got involved and played at the First Church of the Nazarene. The River City Bridge Club and the Redding Bridge Club participated.

By the end of Friday, they'll have played about 16 hours worth of the game.

Jerry Anderson of the River City Bridge Club told us awareness fundraisers like these mean a lot to their members.

"Our average age of player is 72 years old so we have experienced and have known a lot of people with Alzheimer's so we take it kind of personally." Anderson said.

The event was held on behalf of the Alzheimer's Association and the American Contract Bridge League.

They decided to play bridge because research shows games like it help exercise the brain and keep it healthy.