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 current estimate of 47 million cases of dementia (expected to triple by 2050), including Alzheimer’s. For healthy mental activities, researchers recommend people  stay in school at least until past the age of 15. The article doesn’t specify kinds of physical exercise, but most articles Read More …

Dementia instances reduced by education, study reveals

You might want to consider thinking of tai chi and qigong as part of your overall “education” as tools to ward off dementia and Alzheimer’s as you age. According to a report on NPR’s Health Shots this week, the degree of education one has has been shown to influence the chances you have of suffering from dementia and thus Alzheimer’s. Here’s a quote from the article, which can alos be heard as audio at npr.org. “One is that education might actually change the brain itself,” Langa says. “We think that it actually creates more, and more complicated, connections between the nerve cells so that you’re able to keep thinking normally later into life.” Education can not Read More …