It is the worst feeling in the world having to watch our aged loved ones wilt away in front of our very eyes. As if their physical depreciation isn’t enough, they also stand at risk of a multitude of mental disorders as well and these include, but aren’t limited to, Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Both of these are degenerative disorders meaning that they occur as a result of the body going through wear and tear as it ages. They both have similar symptoms and technically, Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia and so treating them as different disorders would be fallacious. For the sake of brevity and the avoidance of confusion, Alzheimer’s will be used to represent both concepts from here on out.
Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease meaning that there is a progressive brain cell death that happens over a course of time. With Alzheimer’s, the total size of the brain shrinks and there are noticeably fewer connection between nerve cells and also a reduction in the number of nerve cells themselves.
Although it sometimes inevitable, the course and trajectory of the disease can be proactively slowed down. Here are three exercises that help in achieving that.
You might be wondering what Alzheimer’s has to do with exercise but it turns out it’s a lot. You see, exercising the body allows for more oxygen to get to the brain through blood and breathing. Also and perhaps more importantly, it helps to reduce body sugar. You see, new research has shown that the cause of Alzheimer’s is linked with high sugar intake and retention and so by extension, cutting down on it is a step in the right direction.
Engage in activities that involve a high degree of hand-eye coordination
Bet you didn’t see this one coming. How do you stop the brain from progressively degrading? By putting it to work. Hand-eye coordination intensive activities keep the brain functioning at a high level and helps the brain retain its memory, visual and thought abilities. Activities like these include sewing, knitting, painting, drawing etc.
Learn a new language
One more in the list of rather unexpected items, learning new languages aside from making you seem more intelligent, actually keeps your brain in good shape. This is because in the act of learning language, the brain is stimulated to a high level and different parts of the organ that process speech, syntax and grammar remain active. This guarantees that within reason at least, it is less susceptible to being corroded by degenerative diseases.