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Bake a cake or do some gardening to help delay Alzheimers

June 20, 2012

Bake a cake or do some gardening to help delay Alzheimers

As you would expect given that I work in the Mobility Aids sector, I take an active interest in reading about all the Health issues that the elderly face. After all, one day I will also be elderly and in need of various types of support and help – not just Mobility Aids.

Apparently, according to new research conducted by a UK university, there are steps you can take in order to help reduce your chances of developing Alzheimer’s.  Such as baking a cake or even doing some light gardening.

 

 



Gardening , cooking and group discussions could help reduce the ongoing progress and development of dementia, according to this research.

The research reports that doing structured activities with others has shown to improve a sufferers’ memory and quality of life. This follows the analysis of 15 studies of elderly people with mild to moderate Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Approximately 50% of the 700 participants received Cognitive Stimulation Treatment (CST), which involved the participants in activities several times each week in groups of 4-5. These patients scored higher in memory tests than those visited by home helps or given medication or physical therapy, with the benefits lasting for up to 3 months after treatment had been completed.

The recipients of Cognitive Stimulation Treatment and their carers also noted improvements in their communication skills and general wellbeing.

Professor Bob Woods of Bangor University undertook the review, and said the findings were ‘the most consistent yet’ in favour of psychological treatments for Dementia.Professor Woods also said that Cognitive Stimulation Treatment differs from simple ‘brain training’, such as doing puzzles. And announced that further work would focus on whether Cognitive Stimulation Treatment could be carried out by family members, rather than carers, on a one-to-one basis.

 

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