Dementia research findings and my pitch for tai chi

Researchers list nine activities that can help prevent as much as 33% of the world’s current estimate of 47 million cases of dementia (expected to triple by 2050), including Alzheimer’s. Tai chi is a physical activity and mentally stimulating exercise, two factors that recent research suggests can prevent dementia in millions. In a recently published article (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/one-third-of-dementia-cases-could-be-prevented-alzheimers-report/), researchers list nine activities that can help prevent as much as 33% of the world’s Read More …

Tai chi: a little purpose in life

Seniors who believe they have a purpose in life may sleep better, researchers say. Give yourself a little purpose by adding tai chi to your daily routine. Findings from this study doesn’t talk about tai chi, but I believe it would be just as valid as any other “purpose.” https://consumer.healthday.com/senior-citizen-information-31/senior-citizen-news-778/living-with-purpose-may-help-seniors-sleep-soundly-724363.html

Article Forward: Tai Chi’s “Molecular Signature”

Question: What “reverses the effect that stress or anxiety … have on the body by changing how our genes are expressed?” You guessed it! What potentially could be a landmark finding probably won’t surprise some tai chi practitioners (yoga and meditation, too). It’s good to know that researchers is paying attention. Dear tai chi practitioners, Shh…Don’t tell them it’s not just about “mind-body.” Let’s keep our little secret. Tell ’em they have Read More …

Article: Tai Chi increases brain size, benefits cognition of Chinese elderly

https://plus.google.com/+MartialArtsWithColman/posts/UchJvMz6kep Scientists from the University of South Florida and Fudan University in Shanghai found increases in brain volume and improvements on tests of memory and thinking in Chinese seniors who practiced Tai Chi three times a week, reports an article published today in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Read more at: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-06-tai-chi-brain-size-benefits.html#jCp https://plus.google.com/+MartialArtsWithColman/posts/UchJvMz6kep https://plus.google.com/+MartialArtsWithColman/posts/UchJvMz6kep

Article: “The Millennial Obsession With Self-Care”

from NPR.com by Christianna Silva The content of this report resonates with the growth of millennials who do tai chi. I think, however, that they are not finding tai chi as easily as I wish they would. The article stresses the role of the internet in promoting self-care among millennials, though self-care has been around forever. Tai chi is ultimately self-care that contrast with the consumer approach to self-care mentioned in the Read More …

Article: Tai Chi helps with depression

“Tai chi significantly reduces depression symptoms in Chinese-Americans” Published May 25, 2017 The tai chi intervention involved twice weekly sessions for 12 weeks, in which participants were taught and practiced basic traditional tai chi movements. They were asked to practice at home three times a week and to document their practice. I’ve always believed that journaling one’s tai chi practice helps with the learning and feeding back into the practice. That’s why Read More …

A emotion word dictionary

This is about emotion words for which no English equivalent exists. I like this quote from Dr. Lomas who has been researching these cool words and has built a “dictionary” of 1,000 words from all around the world and from diverse cultures. …especcially the final sentence, which reminds me of tai chi learning. “In our stream of consciousness – that wash of different sensations feelings and emotions – there’s so much to Read More …

ARTICLE: Tai Chi for Back Pain “…can help alleviate aches and lift spirits”

This article is written by by Teresa Carr at Consumer Reports, published March 12, 2017. New guidelines released by the American College of Physicians suggest that an ancient Chinese martial art can be an effective defense against back pain. http://www.consumerreports.org/back-pain/tai-chi-for-back-pain/