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improving your balance through tai chi can help curtail the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia


tai chi and dementia

A recent article in the Sunday Mail suggests that improving ones balance (as Tai Chi does) helps to curtail the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

From his book (100 Simple Things you Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer’s) Jean Carper quotes the following:

As heart breaking and devastating as Alzheimer’s is, optimism is growing that we can lessen the risk and possibly save ourselves.  Experts now say that whether we develop the disease – the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60 per cent of cases – is not random or fate, nor an inevitable consequence of ageing. For nearly 40 years, as a medical writer and senior medical correspondent for TV network CNN, I have followed closely the findings on Alzheimer’s and age-related memory loss, including a new surge of research into how to deter, slow or even reverse the pathology and symptoms.

More interestingly for us he quotes the following:

 Researchers at the University of Washington tested the physical ability of 2,288 people aged 65 or over with no signs of dementia.  After six years, 319 had developed dementia.  Those with the best balance and walking abilities at the start of the study were three times less likely to have developed dementia as those with lower physical abilities. The good news is that practicing can dramatically improve your balance within months or even weeks.  Be sure to include exercises to maintain and improve balance in your daily routine, especially after the age of 60.  Try balancing on one foot or stand up and sit down without using your hands.  Adults of all ages should make it a goal to stand on one foot, eyes open, for at least 30 seconds.

This sounds like a very good reason to me to practice Tai Chi and Chi Kung.

Some other great tips in his book follow:

  • A cocktail or glass of wine may help delay dementia as it is an anti-inflammatory (just don’t over do it as it will have the opposite affect.)
  • Eat two apples or drink two glasses of apple juice per day as it can boost the  production of acetylcholine in the brain which is the same thing the prescribed drug Aricept (donepezil) does to treat Alzheimer’s, according to recent research
  • Eat red berries and strawberries as they block brain-cell-destroying oxidative damage and inflammation and can also stimulate the birth of new brain cells
  • Keep a close watch on your blood pressure


So in conclusion, Eat, Drink (the right things), practice Tai Chi/Chi Kung and be Merry.