Does Using The Computer Slow Alzheimer’s Disease?

May 4, 2012

In a new study published by the Mayo Clinic a correlation was found between the daily use of a computer, moderate exercise, and less frequency of pre-Alzheimer’s Disease symptoms.

Early signs of dementia are the only indicator of Alzheimer’s Disease—scientists are unable to pinpoint a precise cause or mechanism and thus unable to cure or reverse Alzheimer’s Disease.

The new study suggests (but does not prove) that pairing exercise with mental engagement, as with a computer (reading news, writing, sharing comments and discussing—or even playing a simple game like solitaire) may be the best bet at fighting Alzheimer’s Disease.

Exercise has been recommended before as a great way not just to slow signs of dementia but to help prevent other diseases like cancer—if pairing it with mental engagement, which has also been recommended as a means to slow dementia, compounds the effect, then it should be more motivation to take care of your brain!

Chances are, it doesn’t have to be a computer, although that’s a good tool for older people still living on their own (pre-loading a tablet with apps for recipes, games like sudoku, and the ability to order groceries is a great way to help the elderly maintain independence). Instead, a book of puzzles, a social visit paired with a brisk walk or game, or regular responsibilities that pairs both—walking to volunteer at the local rec center, for instance—probably achieve the same results.

Of course, the importance of food and nutrition shouldn’t be downplayed, either! Blueberries and other fruits can help preserve grey matter in the brain, and getting a wide array of veggies can help ensure the brain has all the support it needs!

What’s your favorite way to exercise your brain?

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