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How Play May Combat Alzheimer’sPosted Jan 11, 2016
It has been found recently that the nasty protein deposits (Amyloid plaques) that form on the brain and that are linked with the development of Alzheimer’s Disease are less likely to develop if you keep yourself mentally challenged.
Prior theories suggested that if you were well educated and kept yourself mentally challenged throughout your life, you had built up “brain reserves” so that you were less affected by these deposits. This latest research is based on brain imaging and suggests that exercising your brain can prevent their formation in the first place.
Read, write, do puzzles, play games – this actually prevents the plaque from forming – how exciting is that!
Currently, there are no drugs that can prevent Alzheimer’s disease, which scientists now think begins 10 to 15 years before memory problems set in. This suggests that the sooner we begin the better.
Most of our children have learned, in this age of technology, to multi-task, of a sort; video games, music & TV all at once although, sometimes more quiet and focused activities such as reading or drawing just before falling asleep would probably be a benefit as well.
Bearing all of this in mind, let’s get out there and play, folks!