Archive for February, 2015

  • Cool Change in Your Home Helps Short-Term Memory

    “Hey, fish lady, how many fish are in this tank, six or eight?”

    That simple question – posed by an Alzheimer’s patient — came as a great surprise to Nursing Professor Nancy Edwards of Purdue University in Indiana.

    “We were absolutely amazed because we had no idea that this woman could talk, much less count,” said Professor Edwards.

    Here’s what led the lady with dementia to start talking. . .

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    These Doctors Were Forced to Admit
    This “Crazy” Treatment Plan Works

    Rev. Cobus Rudolph’s doctor told him, “Congratulations! You’re cancer free!” That was six months after the same doctor had told him his case was hopeless and he should prepare to die. Rev. Rudolph saved his own life, at home, thank to a book by cancer expert Ty Bollinger.

    Richard Wiebe’s doctor told him, “You’re a miracle from God!” Just a year earlier the same doctor told Richard he’d be dead in six months from terminal brain cancer. Richard treated himself with the tips and secrets Ty Bollinger recommends.

    Kevin Irish’s doctor was shocked. He asked Kevin, “Are you the terminal patient I saw two months ago? You look great!” Kevin saved his own life when he found Ty Bollinger’s book on the Internet and started following the advice.

    Frank Woll’s doctor was stubborn: “Well, I know the cancer is here somewhere!” But the doctor couldn’t find Frank’s cancer with a magnifying glass. Only a month earlier, the same doctor had told Frank they’d have to cut off half his ear and part of his neck!

    These four men got TOTALLY WELL with Ty Bollinger’s secrets. Now, Cancer Defeated is proud to publish them in a new Special Report. Click here and discover an effective, cheap, at-home plan to get rid of almost any cancer in one month.

     

    Professor Edwards was looking for a way to calm Alzheimer’s patients in nursing homes, increase their attention and help them to become more interested in eating, which is a common problem for these patients.

    Alzheimer’s patients often don’t feel inclined to eat. They may be agitated, walking or running about or else feeling sluggish.

    Lack of food can lead to weight loss, muscle weakness and a greater risk of falls and fractures.

    A large aquarium provides a stimulating experience

    Edwards came up with the idea of a simple change in the environment of the care homes to see if this made any difference. It was tested out in three centers.

    Initially a large photograph of the sea was hung on the wall, but this made no difference.

    Then she arranged for a large aquarium to be placed in the dining area displaying colorful fish. The results were surprising.

    Disruptive behaviors were curtailed, patients appeared calmer yet more alert, there was less wandering, pacing up and down, shouting, and physical aggression, and food intake increased by an average of 17.2% — a remarkable success, by any standard.

    “I think the combination of movement, color and sound provides a stimulating experience for the patients,” Prof. Edwards said. “Often long-term care environments do not offer a lot of stimulation, but fish move around in various patterns, so there’s enough variability to keep patients’ interest.”

    In some instances this was enough to promote short-term memory, as it did with the woman who started talking and counting. Cognition was stimulated in some other patients as well.

    This experiment has been repeated several times in different care homes. In each case it resulted in a significant increase in food intake and weight, more mental stimulation, reduced stress, decreases in blood pressure, greater satisfaction, and improved cooperation and behavior.

    One study concluded that “attraction to the natural environment is so innate that it survives dementia.”

    To be sure, a home aquarium can be a lot of work, but it’s worth considering. I can well understand how they would calm the mind. It’s hard to look at fish swimming around an aquarium without entering something like a meditative state. The fish are like living jewels and the silence is wonderful and mysterious.

    The healing potential of animals

    A number of studies have been undertaken to see if animals other than fish have a role to play in human health.

    Animal Assisted Therapy has been tested out on patients with dementia and other neurological disorders. Unless they are known to be afraid of or have allergies to animals, cats and dogs have been found to offer great benefits to these patients.

    They experience lower blood pressure and heart rate, and improved immunity. They also communicate and bond better, and have reduced agitation and aggression.

    Studies with pet owners find lower risk factors for heart disease, faster recovery rates for those who do have heart attacks, reduced stress, improved mood, a sense of purpose, and the rewards of companionship.

    If you are already a pet owner you’ll already recognize some of these benefits. But if you don’t own a pet, it’s well worth considering. Many animals, ranging from guinea pigs to llamas, are considered suitable for their potential human health benefits, so I’m sure you can find a pet that’s appropriate for you.

    Best Regards,

    Lee Euler, Publisher


    References:

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/07/990716071547.htm
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23138175
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24643090
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16640796
    http://chp.sagepub.com/content/12/1/51
  • Getting a Buzz May be Good for Your Brain

    When one of my talented researchers told me about the subject of this article, the first thought that came to my mind was a radio public service announcement to discourage kids from drinking and driving.

    Targeting kids who think it’s okay to drive if you’ve just got a “buzz,” the announcer informs us, “Buzz driving is drunk driving.”

    I don’t doubt it for a minute – the last thing we need is alcohol-impaired teens (or any other age group) behind the wheel.

    But it turns out that getting a buzz now and then might be good for your brain. . . Researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine say that you can actually drink to improve your memory.

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    This MRI could save your life

    I’ve never seen anything like this…

    Experimental doctors treating a former gold medalist with terminal cancer got the shock of their lives when they held his MRI up to the light.

    What they saw could be hailed as the biggest cancer breakthrough in history.

    And after 7 years, their unbelievable discovery is finally being revealed in this free video.

    If you’re suffering from cancer or even if you just want to see something astonishing… You need to watch it now.

    The government has kept this rare footage quiet over the last 7 years for fear it will topple the billion dollar cancer industry… I can’t guarantee how long it will be available, so watch now!

     

    That’s right. According to their research, drinking the right amount of the right alcoholic beverage can both improve your memory and protect your brain as you age.

    The secret ingredient, they say, is resveratrol, the substance in red wine that other scientists say can improve your heart health. Now additional research suggests resveratrol is a good cancer-fighter, too. Long story short, it’s a powerful antioxidant.

    The right amount to consume is no more than a glass or two of wine a day. Enough to give most of us a buzz.

    Brain Booster

    According to the studies in Texas, resveratrol promotes the health of the brain’s hippocampus, the area where much of your learning and remembering takes place. The scientists performing these studies believe resveratrol may be useful for people whose neurons are degenerating as they get older. It might even be good for fighting Alzheimer’s disease.i

    In lab tests, research animals that were approaching the end of their lifespans were fed resveratrol while a control group was not. In the brains of those that consumed resveratrol, the growth of new neurons (a process called neurogenesis) was twice as prevalent as in those animals that didn’t receive the nutrient. Resveratrol also increased the development of microvasculature (small blood vessels) that supply the brain with beneficial blood flow.

    Old Brains

    The rats that were tested in this research are considered senior citizens by the time they are more than 20 months old. Under normal circumstances, beyond that age, their ability to learn and remember things like how to negotiate mazes begins to slip. But resveratrol helped their learning abilities stay sharper.

    “The results of the study were striking,” says researcher Ashok K. Shetty. “They indicated that for the control rats who did not receive resveratrol, spatial learning ability was largely maintained but ability to make new spatial memories significantly declined between 22 and 25 months. By contrast, both spatial learning and memory improved in the resveratrol-treated rats.”

    Ancient Response

    Ironically, while stress in your daily life is considered detrimental to your health, a significant way resveratrol can improve the health of individual cells is by inducing an ancient stress response on a cellular level.

    “This stress response represents a layer of biology that has been largely overlooked, and resveratrol turns out to activate it at much lower concentrations than those used in prior studies,” says researcher Paul Schimmel, who is with the Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology at The Scripps Research Institute.

    According to Schmimel and his colleagues, resveratrol latches on to a protein in the cell nucleus called PARP-1, a substance that takes part in stress responses and increases life expectancy by helping to repair DNA. By activating PARP-1, resveratrol sets off a chain reaction of DNA-protection in each cell.ii

    And you don’t need to consume much resveratrol to enjoy its benefits. As a matter of fact, the Scripps scientists think it is better not to get too much.

    “Based on these results, it is conceivable that moderate consumption of a couple glasses of red wine (rich in resveratrol) would give a person enough resveratrol to evoke a protective effect via this pathway,” says researcher Mathew Sajish.

    Sajish points out that the stress response that takes place in human cells is just about identical to the protective response resveratrol stimulates in plant cells. It’s an ancient cellular mechanism that is shared by many species.

    Just for the record, I think a glass or two of wine every day constitutes a lot of drinking. Others disagree. Officially, medical authorities consider it moderate drinking. Wine in that quantity has both benefits and drawbacks. My biggest concern is the large amount of sugar consumed. To be on the safe side, take resveratrol supplements, and enjoy wine maybe a couple of times a week, but no more.

    Best Regards,

    Lee Euler, Publisher


    References:

    i http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25627672
    ii http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25533949
  • A Simple but Major Key to Delaying the Onset of Dementia by Up to 10 Years

    If you or a loved one is genetically at risk for Alzheimer’s or dementia, it’s important not to lose hope. Dementia and memory loss is not always a foregone conclusion.

    In fact, not giving in despite the risk could save your memory, and keep you sharp into your 70s, 80s, and beyond.

    A recent study from the Mayo Clinic showed even those who carry the risk-factor APO-e4 gene can take action to push the odds in their favor.

    There’s one “supplement” alone that can delay the onset of symptoms by an average of four years … and by more than ten years if you’re not an APO-e4 carrier.

    Read on to find out what this “supplement” is … and how you can get it free!

    Continued below…

    The Ancient Memory-Boosting
    Secret of Chinese Emperors

    A note from Lee Euler

    Our best-selling book Awakening from Alzheimer’s featured an ancient Chinese secret for boosting memory. Now I’m happy to tell you we have a recommended source for this supplement if you wish to try it.

    I’ve been taking it myself, and I can feel the results. I’m thinking faster and more clearly than I have in years. This is definitely not one of the supplements where you take it and “nothing happens.”

    So, what is this stuff? In ancient China, the emperor was believed to be the son of heaven. One of the perks of the job was that he was the only one allowed to eat a certain medicinal mushroom that was said to give him “nerves of steel and the memory of a lion.”

    Now modern science has confirmed this mushroom’s remarkable benefits. If you’d like to reap the benefits for yourself click here now…

     

    The “Free Supplement” Every Healthy Brain Needs

    While researchers are still hot on the heels of a cure, natural alternatives continue to bring hope to those at risk for Alzheimer’s.

    For example, it’s common knowledge that a daily dose of mental exercise can keep your brain sharp … but until recently, we didn’t know how sharp.

    According to a recent longitudinal study from the Mayo Clinic, genetic risk for Alzheimer’s is not a “death sentence” for your memory … and taking certain actions can truly make a difference.

    The Mayo Clinic Study of Aging was designed, in part, to determine the association between “lifetime intellectual enrichment” (LIE) and cognitive performance and decline.

    Researchers asked 1,995 older people without dementia about their education, occupation, and mid-to-late-life cognitive activity via self-report questionnaires. The results were then charted using mathematical models.

    According to the results, cognitive performance was lower in older individuals, those with less education or jobs that required less cognitive complexity, and those with the APO-e4 gene … and, interestingly, men in general.

    The most interesting result, though, was that for APO-e4 carriers with high lifetime intellectual enrichment, the onset of cognitive impairment was approximately 8.7 years later than for those with low LIE.1,2

    So, it’s safe to say that even if you are genetically at risk for Alzheimer’s disease, taking time to enrich your mind can stave off symptoms for nearly nine years!

    The results were even better for those who had high lifetime intellectual enrichment and who did not carry the APO-e4 gene. For this group, onset of Alzheimer’s was delayed by more than ten years.

    Things You Can Do to Enrich Your Mind

    If you didn’t get a college education, or your job doesn’t challenge your mind, or you’re retired, that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck.

    In Issue #156 I reported on how hobbies like knitting or woodworking exercise the brain. And in Issue #38, I reported on the “electrical burst” effect that neural exercise provides the brain … and how it increases the beneficial levels of amyloid-beta 40 in the brain.3

    Puzzles like crosswords and Sudoku, learning a new language, and staying socially engaged are becoming “go-to” recommendations for daily mental exercise, but consider these other options as well:

    • Learn a musical instrument — Not only are you working your fine motor skills, but also visuo-spatial memory, flexibility, and rapid mental processing.4
    • Get crafty — Crafting works many different areas of your brain, including memory, attention span, kinesthetic ability, creativity, and problem solving. Plus, it creates the meditational state of “flow,” where you are completely absorbed by an activity and time seems to disappear.5
    • And … watch TV? Yes, believe it or not! If TV is one of your guilty pleasures, a neuroscientist from Durham University says you might not have to feel so bad about it …

    According to Dr. Amanda Ellison “TV crime dramas challenge viewers to pay attention to complicated stories … and provide great stimulation for the brain.”

    All of the visual regions of the brain are activated, you work your spatial attention, facial recognition, and hippocampal memory … all while analyzing the script, plot, and musicality to “decode emotion.”6

    Frankly, it doesn’t compare to more active forms of mental exercise, but it can help. (For a better brain workout, I’d recommend reading detective stories.)

    Crime not your thing? Try a documentary or a foreign film to shake up your digital entertainment routine.

    Regardless of what you do, try to do it daily. “The greater the cognitive reserve, the more delayed the onset of dementia,” says Mayo Clinic’s Dr. David Knopman.1

    Genetics don’t have to dictate your future.

    If anything, knowing your personal risk for developing Alzheimer’s is a blessing. It gives you fair warning to take action — physically and mentally — to fight it.

    Best Regards,

    Lee Euler, Publisher


    References:

    (1) Feeding the brain’s curiosity helps delay Alzheimer’s. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-06-23/feeding-the-brain-s-curiousity-helps-delay-alzheimer-s
    (2) Association of lifetime intellectual enrichment with cognitive decline in the older population. http://archneur.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1883334#Methods
    (3) Does exercising your brain do any good? https://naturalhealthinsiders.com/?p=308
    (4) Playing for time: can music stave off dementia? http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/31/health/music-dementia-link/
    (5) This is your brain on crafting. http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/25/health/brain-crafting-benefits/
    (6) Why watching TV crime dramas is good for your brain. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/11374598/Why-watching-TV-crime-dramas-is-good-for-your-brain.html
  • Safe, FDA-Approved Drugs that Damage Your Brain

    Without natural chemicals called neurotransmitters, the neurons in your brain can’t link up to talk to each other. That spells death to memory.

    Among these neurotransmitters is acetylcholine, a brain chemical so central to brain function that reduced levels are considered one of the most important signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

    But today and every day doctors continue to write prescriptions for drugs that cut the brain’s supply of acetylcholine and seriously increase the risk of memory-destroying dementia and Alzheimer’s.

    And almost daily, new studies come out highlighting the dangers of these drugs. Here’s the full story. . .

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    Hidden Constipation Syndrome –
    Have You Got It?

    A recent study reports that more than half of patients – 62 percent – have colons plugged up with layers of filthy, decayed fecal matter. . .

    . . .even though 80 percent had bowel movements every day without straining!

    Colon autopsies show it and now studies have proven it. Even if you have a regular, daily bowel movement, you may possibly have pounds of hardened, toxic, bacteria-laden waste matter stuck in your intestines!

    Breakthrough study results from the prestigious Department of Organ Surgery and Gastroenterological Clinic in Elsinore, Denmark, reveal that millions of people unknowingly have these large “fecal reservoirs” – which back up your entire colon and rectum.

    And no synthetic laxatives or enemas can get this toxic, rotting mess out of you!

    Click here for a FREE REPORT on how you
    can get rid of this deadly threat to your health and well being.

     

    It gets worse: Not all of these drugs are prescription. Some are sold over-the-counter, so anyone can walk into a supermarket or drug store and – not knowing any better — buy a bottle of pills that endanger brain health.

    Quick Fix, Long Term Danger

    Part of the problem is that these drugs, classified as anticholinergic medications, are often prescribed to help treat depression, incontinence and anxiety. On store shelves, these medications can be found in sleep aids and allergy treatments.

    One study has demonstrated that merely taking a fairly strong version of one of these drugs a little more than once a week for a year can lead to cognitive impairment – the mild, annoying memory loss that can be the first step to full-blown dementia. Taking a weaker type of anticholinergic drug 90 times over the course of a year was found to present the same risk.i

    The most commonly used anticholinergic drugs and safer alternatives include:

    • The antihistamines diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton) – Take loratadine (Claritin) instead, if you must take an antihistamine.
    • Tricyclic antidepressants like doxepin (Sinequan) – Take a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) like citalopram (Celexa) or fluoxitene (Prozac) instead.
    • Antimuscarinics like oxybutynin (Ditropan), prescribed to treat incontinence – Consult a knowledgeable healthcare provider for appropriate lifestyle modifications for better bladder control.

    Senior Citizen Risk

    The researchers who have studied these drugs consider older Americans to be at the highest risk of memory problems because they frequently take multiple prescriptions for long periods of time.

    “Older adults should be aware that many medications – including some available without a prescription, such as over-the-counter sleep aids – have strong anticholinergic effects,” says researcher Shelly Gray, who has studied the brain health of 3,500 seniors participating in a research project called Adult Changes in Thought (ACT). “And they should tell their health care providers about all their over-the-counter use.”

    In our best-selling book Awakening from Alzheimer’s and in the pages of this newsletter, we’ve repeatedly said that patients with dementia should be taken off all prescription drugs for at least a week to see if they recover their memory. They and their loved ones might get a pleasant surprise.

    Natural Help for Acetylcholine

    If you want to boost your body’s supply of acetylcholine, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Lowell have demonstrated that drinking apple juice and eating apples can increase the brain’s production of this neurotransmitter.ii

    “We anticipate that the day may come when foods like apples, apple juice and other apple products are recommended along with the most popular Alzheimer’s medications,” says researcher Thomas Shea, who directs the university’s Center for Cellular Neurobiology and Neurodegeneration Research.

    In laboratory tests, the scientists found that animals fed diets supplemented with apple juice had increased amounts of acetylcholine in their brains and were better at learning how to negotiate mazes.

    The animals in the study drank the human equivalent of about two 8-ounce glasses of apple juice a day, or a daily helping of two to three apples.

    The researchers also believe that apples contain a potent combination of antioxidants that support the brain’s memory functions.

    “The findings of the present study show that consumption of antioxidant-rich foods such as apples and apple juice can help reduce problems associated with memory loss,” says Shea. See Issue #58 for more about the ways apples benefit your brain.

    Along with eating more apples, before you take any prescription or over-the-counter drugs, make sure you understand their potential effects on your brain.

    Best Regards,

    Lee Euler, Publisher


    References:

     

    i http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25621434
    ii http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16914839
  • No Doubt about It: This is the Most Enjoyable Way to Fight Alzheimer’s

    You probably know that solving puzzles is a good way to protect yourself from memory loss …

    But what if you can’t stand crossword puzzles and Sudoku makes your eyes cross?

    You’re in luck …

    There’s a vast range of leisure activities that can help keep your mind limber and sharp, according to a great many experts and published studies. Some of these hobbies are even more effective than puzzles – and surely there’s one you’ll like out of all the choices available.

    Read on to find which one might be right for you … and the multiple ways it can protect your memory.

    Continued below…


    The Ancient Memory-Boosting
    Secret of Chinese Emperors

    A note from Lee Euler

    Our best-selling book Awakening from Alzheimer’s featured an ancient Chinese secret for boosting memory. Now I’m happy to tell you we have a recommended source for this supplement if you wish to try it.

    I’ve been taking it myself, and I can feel the results. I’m thinking faster and more clearly than I have in years. This is definitely not one of the supplements where you take it and “nothing happens.”

    So, what is this stuff? In ancient China, the emperor was believed to be the son of heaven. One of the perks of the job was that he was the only one allowed to eat a certain medicinal mushroom that was said to give him “nerves of steel and the memory of a lion.”

    Now modern science has confirmed this mushroom’s remarkable benefits. If you’d like to reap the benefits for yourself click here now…

     

    The image of the little old lady with her knitting needles might be a bit of a cliché, but she knows something we don’t:

    She’s actively protecting her brain from Alzheimer’s disease.

    Crafting and generally being creative is quickly becoming recognized for its ability to maintain memory, increase cognition, and ultimately fight off Alzheimer’s and dementia.

    I’m talking about everything from your “standard” arts and crafts like painting, drawing, quilting, knitting and crochet … and everything in between, from woodworking to floral arrangement, from staining glass to decorating cakes.

    Anything that gets your creative juices flowing and requires your hands fits the bill.

    At first, crafting might seem too common or ho-hum to make a real difference, but you might be surprised by the multiple prestigious studies and experts that support it as a brain-boosting activity.

    The Mayo Clinic’s Study of Aging is one of them.

    Since 2004, researchers have been keeping tabs on people aged 70 to 89 in Olmstead County, Minnesota, to investigate prevalence, incidence, and risk factors for mild cognitive impairment and dementia.1

    In one study based on the data they’ve collected so far, researchers compared various activities—from traveling to watching TV—and whether each activity increased or decreased a person’s likelihood of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s.

    According to their data, crafting time was significantly associated with a decreased risk of MCI or Alzheimer’s-type dementia. Reading books, engaging in computer activities, and playing games were likewise linked to a sharper mind as people age.2

    Craft Your Way to Improved Neurochemistry

    It makes sense: crafting exercises multiple areas of cognitive ability, like working memory, learning and flexibility, pattern recognition, attention, problem solving, hand-eye coordination, and mental imagery … and many more, depending on the craft.

    And whether you’re following a complex beadwork pattern, discovering calligraphy, or restoring an old car, there’s always a chance to learn a new technique and take your craft of choice to a deeper level.

    That’s something that crosswords can’t really compete with.

    But crafting doesn’t stop at basic cognitive training … it affects an even higher level of consciousness and neurochemistry, too.

    Chronic stress and depression are known to be neuroinflammatory conditions, and both are strongly associated with developing Alzheimer’s later in life.

    It follows that reducing stress and increasing “happy brain chemicals” to avoid depression would reduce your risk of dementia and disease later in life.

    Crafting has the answer there, too.

    As Victoria Schindler, occupational therapist, says, “Repetitive motions, like those in knitting for example, activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which quiets the ‘fight or flight’ response,” thus relieving stress and inflammation.3

    The repetitive motions of knitting and crochet have also been shown to release serotonin, a natural anti-depressant. And anecdotally, there are many reports of people who have experienced relief from depression thanks to yarn crafts.

    An international survey of over 3,500 knitters agrees — 81.5% of them reported feeling happier after a knitting session.4

    Let me add that yarn crafts aren’t just for the elderly. A great many young women go in for knitting or crocheting (although I doubt if many men will ever be tempted). And there’s a social aspect too – clubs, classes and knitting groups – so these hobbies provide a social connection that’s of huge value for preserving mental health.

    On top of it all, when your creation is complete, you have an undeniable sense of accomplishment. You get to enjoy that framed Zentangle in your office … or have the joy of giving someone you love a piece of jewelry you made yourself (I do know men who go in for jewelry making – and, of course, armies of men enjoy wood working).

    There’s one more benefit. If someone gives you a compliment on those wooden toys you made for your grandchild, that stimulates a whole extra burst of happy brain chemicals.

    I have to laugh at people who pay good money for Lumosity, much less spend hours performing the dreary, boring brain exercises. How about playing chess, learning a language or painting a picture? These are more effective ways of giving your brain a workout, and they leave you with something to show for it.

    How Thick is Your “Buffer”?

    I’ve reported previously about the theory of cognitive reserve.

    As clinical neuropsychologist Catherine Levisay explains, “The more stimulating your environment is … the more you’re increasing the complexity of the brain, the more you can afford to lose. You’re building a buffer.”3

    And the more reserve or ‘buffer’ you have, the fewer symptoms you’ll likely experience.

    Alzheimer’s disease first attacks the hippocampus, the part of the brain that plays a key role in memory and learning. So when you build your buffer with activities that bolster memory and learning … such as crafting … you’re implementing a plan to help prevent Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

    The next time you sit down to work on a quilt or your latest invention, think of it as increasing your buffer as much as enjoying the act of creating something beautiful or useful.

     

    Best Regards,

    Lee Euler, Publisher

    P.S. I’ve previously written about neuropsychologists hypothesizing that watching complex crime dramas on TV is stimulating to the brain. But the smart money says TV viewing in general doesn’t make for a sharper mind. The Mayo Clinic’s Study of Aging observed that decreased odds of cognitive impairment go hand in hand with fewer hours spent watching TV … though the researchers didn’t ask specifically what television programs were being watched.2


    References:

    (3) This is your brain on crafting http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/25/health/brain-crafting-benefits/
    (2) Engaging in cognitive activities, aging, and mild cognitive impairment: a population-based study http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3204924/
    (1) The Mayo Clinic Study of Aging http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2821441/
    (4) The benefits of knitting for personal and social wellbeing in adulthood: findings from an international survey http://bjo.sagepub.com/content/76/2/50
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