“Eight men in their 70s stepped out of a van in front of a converted monastery in New Hampshire. They shuffled forward, a few of them arthritically stooped, a couple with canes. Then they passed through the door and entered a time warp. Perry Como crooned on a vintage radio. Ed Sullivan welcomed guests on a black-and-white TV. Everything inside — including the books on the shelves and the magazines lying around — were designed to conjure 1959.”
This is a quote from a New York Times article describing the famous “counterclockwise” study on the environmental effects of aging conducted in the 1980’s by researcher Ellen Langer.
The results of this study were profound in that the participants showed dramatic reversal of their decline in several ways – strength, cardiovascular fitness, coordination, agility, and even in their bone structure, after spending only 5 days ‘back in time.’ The study evoked much discussion. Was it because of the placebo affect? At the start of the study, the researchers had told the men they would feel as they did in 1959. Can we indeed manipulate our environment to turn back the clock on our bodies? Can we change our beliefs to reverse an otherwise downward health trend?
And, if so, could we reverse the rate of Alzheimer’s and dementia?
Usually we hear that there is nothing that can be done for Alzheimer’s but wait for a pharmaceutical cure. What if, instead, we were told that there is promising research demonstrating that we can reduce our risk of Alzheimer’s and other dementias through simple lifestyle and dietary changes? How can we lead a brain-healthy lifestyle and give it our best shot toward preventing, slowing down or even reversing the process of brain deterioration?
Here are 6 lifestyle changes to consider as Alzheimer’s prevention:
Movement as in regular, fun play or exercise. Mindful movement such as Tai Chi or Feldenkrais® are powerful and efficient combination tools for brain regeneration. If you have chronic pain that hurts when you move, why not try an Ai Chi class where you are weightless in a warm saltwater pool? Ahhhh relaxing.
- Healthy Diet as in whole, organic, non-toxic foods with plenty of vegetables and healthy fats to encourage brain health. Seek a nutritional professional that can evaluate you for deficiencies, allergies, and toxicities that could lead to inflammation in the brain. Get minerals to your brain. If you show early warning signs of dementia, be open to the ancient wisdom of herbs such as Ashwaganda, Gingko biloba, and Tribulus, now showing promise in present day research.
- Social Engagement. Reach out to neighbours and friends. Seek group activities and community events.
- Mental stimulation. The brain loves to learn new things. Mindless tv watching doesn’t count. Take classes, play brain games, Travel or take different traffic routes…
- Quality of sleep. If you cannot sleep it may mean a deficiency or excess in your diet or an accumulation of stressful thoughts stored in memory that surfaces when your brain tries to rest. Much like a computer that needs a good defrag. Access Consciousness Bars™ is the best method I know of defragging the brain of unwanted, ‘monkey-mind’ thoughts so you can sleep better.
- Stress management. Sometimes stress is unavoidable but there are many tools and processes that you can learn to let go of its hold on you. You want to be more like a screen door, letting stress go through you rather sticking to you for the rest of your days.Shall we sum it up in just a few words? – Believe. Don’t Wait. Use Nature to Nurture the healing power in your own body.
Cathy Lidster is a local and international Health Practitioner. She works with the body’s energy to help people overcome health and emotional challenges, and learn to live in the space of possibilities. You are welcome to visit her website at www.cathylidster.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 250-819-9041.