Billy Connolly: I'm on a 'strict regime' of crosswords

Comedian Billy Connolly said that doing crosswords and writing words down in notebooks helps him to cope with memory problems caused by Parkinson's disease.

Crosswords help Billy Connolly cope with memory problems caused by Parkinson's disease
Crosswords help Billy Connolly cope with memory problems caused by Parkinson's disease Credit: PA

"I've put myself on a strict regime of crossword books," he told ITV documentary Billy Connolly's Big Send Off. "They remind me of everything. I have to train my memory."

The 71-year-old added: "I've got a notebook with all the words I tend to forget. It's the same ones cropping up again and again."

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