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Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
I recently heard an interesting tidbit: Research shows that regular partner dancing is the most effective activity to ward of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Really!? Above Sudoku!?!
I consulted my all-knowing friend Google, and found that indeed, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York conducted a study demonstrating this. The study spanned 21 years and followed 469 senior citizens, measuring mental acuity and monitoring rates of dementia and Alzheimer’s. They compared both cognitive and physical activities, including regular (3-4 times/week) swimming, cycling, walking, golfing, playing tennis, partner dancing, doing housework, reading, writing, playing cards, and playing musical instruments. The study showed that of all the activities – both cognitive and physical – regular dancing was the most effective for lowering the participants’ chances of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s.
This can be interpreted several ways. Partner dancing involves concentration and memorization, decision making, coordination, balance, endurance, strength, and flexibility, for starters. Multiple areas of the brain are simultaneously engaged, the cardiovascular system is challenged, etc. Science can prove the cognitive and physiological benefits of dancing, but what I find so significant is that partner dancing requires a partner. It involves human touch, communication, trust, and teamwork. It’s like one-on-one play for adults.
Here’s my take on it: Health can be managed via a barrage of tests, supplements, medications, devices, and procedures, but I truly believe that for humans to really thrive, we also need each other. Our emotional selves need attention just as our cognitive and physical selves do. We need relationships – touch, communication, trust, and humor. Partner dancing is the perfect synthesis of mental, emotional, and physical therapy.
So, eat your greens, take your vitamins, laugh, play, and hold the hand of someone dear to you. Toss in some music and a little fancy footwork, and you’ll be wowing your great grandchildren with detailed accounts of 1988 decades from now.
Sunday, November 14th, 2010
Tags: Alzheimer's, brain cell death, dementia, licorice, natural medicine, neuron death, Parkinson's
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Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
Tags: Alzheimer's disease, B vitamins, cognitive impairment, dementia, homocysteine, natural Alzheimer's prevention
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Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
Tags: Alzheimer's, Cancer, Cardiovascular disease, Chronic Illness, dementia, Diabetes, Diet, Heart disease, Nutrition, Parkinson's, RA, rheumatoid arthritis, vitamin D
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Tuesday, July 27th, 2010
Large-Scale, Long-Term Studies Support Roles Of Physical Activity And Diet In Dementia And Cognitive Decline
Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
Tags: aging, alternative dementia treatment, Alzheimer's disease, Cardiovascular disease, dementia, Diet, Elderly, Exercise, Healthy lifestyle, natural dementia prevention, natural dementia treatment, naturopathic dementia prevention, naturopathic dementia treatment, Nutrition, Stroke, Supplements, tea, vitamin D
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Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
Tags: aging, alternative Alzheimer's prevention, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, Diet, Elderly, natural Alzheimer's prevention, naturopathic Alzheimer's prevention, Nutrition, vitamin E
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Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
Tags: aging, Alzheimer's disease, cognitive impairment, dementia, Exercise, geriatrics, Neurological disorders
Posted in Health News Headlines | Comments Off on Teenage Physical Activity Reduces Risk of Cognitive Impairment in Later Life
Thursday, June 17th, 2010
Tags: Alternative medicine, Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, Cancer, Chronic Illness, dementia, depression, Health, music therapy, natural medicine, Naturopathic medicine, psychological disorders
Posted in Health News Headlines | Comments Off on For Better Health – Please Don’t Stop The Music!
More Choline for Pregnant, Nursing Women Could Reduce Down Syndrome Dysfunction, Guard Against Dementia
Friday, June 4th, 2010
Tags: B vitamins, choline, dementia, Diet, down syndrome, lifestyle, maternal diet, neurological disease, Nutrition, pregnancy, prenatal diet
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Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
Tags: Alzheimer's disease, dementia, Diet, neurological disease, Obesity, overweight, Weight loss
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Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
Thursday, January 14th, 2010
A recent study has shown that angiotensin receptor blockers, drugs that are normally used to treat heart disease and high blood pressure, significantly reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Tags: aging, Alzheimer's, blood pressure, Cardiovascular disease, dementia, Heart disease
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