ARPF Study Shows Brain Health is in Your Hands
You may have already heard the news: a new study finds that yoga and meditation are effective ways of combatting mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s! Did you know that this study was funded by the ARPF? That’s right! Supporting cutting edge research into holistic treatment for memory loss and the prevention of cognitive decline is one of the most important things we do. When you give to the ARPF, you make a direct, tangible difference in the amount of money available to support this important work.
What’s so interesting about this new study? It compared yoga and Kirtan Kriya meditation to some slightly more traditional “brain exercise” techniques, like crossword puzzles, and found that the yoga and meditation worked better. Not only did they help improve memory retention in the study participants (all over age 55), it also decreased depression, anxiety and stress.These can be serious problems for people who are beginning to experience cognitive decline. Losing your memories – even small, day-to-day things like where you put your car keys – can be a big stressor. It can be very hard to realize that you’re having a hard time with tasks that used to be easier.
But getting older doesn’t have to mean slowing down! This new research is a powerful validation of the ARPF’s approach to Alzheimer’s treatment. Time and time again, science demonstrates that your brain health is in your hands. Your ARPF advocates every day for holistic Alzheimer’s prevention strategies, and we’re very proud to have made this most recent research possible.
Please donate to your ARPF today to support ongoing research and advocacy for holistic Alzheimer’s prevention.
If you’re familiar with ARPF’s 4 Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention, you may already know that diet is an important factor in your overall cognitive health. A new study from Rush University Medical Centre in Holland underscores the importance of omega-3 fatty acids in brain health.
- People who ate more seafood had reduced rates of decline in the semantic memory, which is memory of verbal information.
- They also had slower rates of decline in a test of perceptual speed, or the ability to quickly compare letters, objects and patterns.
Your ARPF has long advocated for eating more seafood, along with other sources of omega-3 oils. Remember that a balanced diet is important, too – don’t load up on seafood at the expense of other important things like fresh vegetables and antioxidant superfoods like blueberries.