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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Studies show Meditation benefits re dementia

Yes, it is always interesting when they come out with a new medicine to reduce the chances of dementia, delay progression once it has started or that shows progress reversing it.     I am not a fan of medication though so I smiled when I read  Is meditation the push-up for the brain?  

It talks about studies that show
  • specific regions in the brains of long-term meditators were larger and had more gray matter than the brains of individuals in a control group
  • people who meditate also have stronger connections between brain regions and show less age-related brain atrophy.

"They found that the differences between meditators and controls are not confined to a particular core region of the brain but involve large-scale networks that include the frontal, temporal, parietal and occipital lobes and the anterior corpus callosum, as well as limbic structures and the brain stem."

A nice safe non-drug (and thus, no harmful side effects), free to use way to reduce the chances of dementia, delay progression once it has started and possibly even reverse it to at least some degree once it has started.

No, I am not suggesting that those in later stages of dementia could be taught to meditate but those in early and perhaps even some in mid stage dementia could be.    Even better, more folks could start to do so while their brains are still healthy, and thus hopefully reduce how many new cases of dementia occur in the future.

Friday, November 11, 2011

status

Just a quick status update:

  1. Orthopedic surgeon diagnosed wrist issues as post fracture complications and is sending me for physical therapy.   Will recheck wrist late December.   Still have only 50% movement range and is still swollen.   Such is life with osteogenesis imperfecta.
  2. Math seems to be down to about a third grade level.  Need to use calculator for almost anything involving two digits (or more).    Noticing it is taking me longer sometimes to react to what is happening around me such as a phone ringing.   Thankfully my verbal skills are still strong.   Still reading books many hours a day to try to keep them for as long as I can.   Thank God for cognitive reserve.
  3. Woke up from an intense dream in which I was working as an underwater researcher.  The research project involved trying to set fire to a Gore-Tex jacket and seeing how long it would take to burn through.   Made me wonder if as the dementia advances my waking mind would become like the dream one where it made perfect sense in the dream to be doing a research project on something my waking mind says is illogical - using fire underwater.