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Can meditation help reduce Alzheimer's Disease?

Dementia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are diseases of the brain (DOB). They basically degenerate the nerves, attack central nervous system, make people forgetful and ultimately make them loose their memory completely so that they cannot recognize even their near and dear ones. DOB are generally old age diseases which mostly happen after the age of 60-65 though in some cases they can start as early as 40-45.

Present estimates are that 50 million people worldwide above the age of 65 years suffer from these debilitating diseases.

Many studies done by scientists have shown that intellectually active adults suffer less from these diseases as they age. And one of the better ways to increase mental faculties is by meditation. It allows us to focus on a single subject for a long time and increases the concentration and hence mental sharpness. A small article on this theme is at; http://www.nariphaltan.org/DOB.pdf

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  • Jun 24 2013: At my ripe age of 68, I have the start of Alzheimer's disease and what I do is simple: I do hidden object games, jigsaw puzzles, read a lot, and work in my garden, when I am not doing my art work. A few post-it notes lying around doesn't hurt either.
    Many years ago I started working with Parkinson's clients. I drew a curved line on a blank piece of paper with a pencil and then gave pencil to my client & asked them to put pencil dots all along that curved line. Yup! As you would expect, there were dots all over the place, but over the course of three months, the dots followed that line almost perfectly. I then put a drafting pen in their hand to make the same dots with ink.
    In a very real sense, they were meditating. They were very focused on what they were doing.
    At the end of 6 months, each of my clients were given an artist brush & paints. The goal from the beginning was to help them become artists.
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      Jun 24 2013: Hi Gale,

      I am delighted that not only you are helping others but in this process you are helping yourself. That is true spirituality and part of mindful living.

      May your tribe increase.

      Cheers.
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      Jun 24 2013: Hi Gale, thank you for sharing this with all of us.

      To Alzheimer's patients, "variety is the spice of life"......literally.
      It is wonderful that you vary your activities and engage in different mental exercises.

      Learning a new thing each day, I have read, is very very good.

      There is still alot to be learned about Alzheimer's Disease.
      I personally receive Neurology Now magazine in my home, and read each issue.
      My dad has Parkinson's.

      Be Well Gale,
      Mary
      • Jun 24 2013: I am a very varied person and many different things perk my interest, usually in the field of science. So I can truly say, I learn many new things each day. It's keeping ahold of them that can be a pain in butt!
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          Jul 24 2013: I just wanted to pop in here before this conversation closed to wish you a happy day.

          It would have been nice if more individuals with in depth knowledge of the topic had participated.........but nevertheless I'm very thankful for the few words that were exchanged.

          Be Well Gale!!!

          You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

          Mary :)

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