What is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s Disease is the leading cause of dementia. Two abnormal findings that occur in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients are plaques containing beta-amyloid build up between nerve cells and tangles of another protein called tau form inside dying cells.
New Scientific Research on the Brain
According to Time magazine, Sunday, January 08, 2006, neurologists have discovered that the brain has the ability to adapt and form new neurons and new connections between new neurons that lasts a lifetime.
So if you are Senior Citizens in our age group, this is really exciting news. But how are we going to grow these new neurons and neural pathways?
According to the above-mentioned article in Time magazine, studies show three ways to help delay Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
- Exercise on a regular basis and eat a heart-friendly diet. Keeping your heart healthy helps ensure an adequate flow of blood to the heart..
- Be socially active. Several studies have shown that older people who have a large social circle, do volunteer work or attend religious services have a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s.
- Exercise your brain. A 20-year study of 469 people living in the Bronx, NY who had no dementia during the first seven years of the study found that those who read. played board games or played a musical instrument had a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s. Those with the strongest habits had the greatest benefits.
I really felt encouraged when I read this article. I downloaded a set of brainwave recordings two years ago. I knew they were supposed to grow new neurons and neural pathways but I didn’t know how well they would work. My husband was 72 at the time. He was having trouble finding his words and collecting his thoughts. After a few months of constant use, his mind is much sharper than before.
I will have to admit we don’t enjoy games and don’t exercise as we should, but we do attend religious services on a regular basis and have a large family that we see on a regular basis. We plan to start walking and exercising more. Combining the brainwave entrainment with the games and exercise would be even better insurance against dementia.