Gardening has become an increasingly frequent activity as the weather becomes nicer, and research is discovering novel benefits to horticulture. One study showed positive effects towards cognition in people who gardened for around six months. Benefits include improved balance, decreased feelings of loneliness, decreased moments depression, and lower levels of stress. Gardens also provide positive outcomes towards the community, increasing social activity and giving a sense of identity and belonging to people who associated with the garden.
Recently, health professionals have begun using MRI scanning to distinguish between different types of dementia. Anne Hafkemeijer, a neuroscientist working with Leiden University, is looking for small differences in the results of brain imaging between people with different types of dementia. Hafkemeijer discusses about her research, saying,
A recent paper was published in the American Journal of Human Genetics explaining how the loss of the Y chromosome in men (this loss is termed “LOY”) results in a greater risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. LOY is a gradual occurrence, and becomes more evident as men begin to age. Past studies have also shown increased LOY seen in elderly men who continue to smoke.
Social isolation is a common symptom seen when people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementia. Fortunately, researchers are using technology to help people with dementia to get back on their feet and safely walk independently. Researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University, working with Stockport Memory Clinic and KMS Solutions, have developed a new android smartphone app called “MyTrav” to give location services and assurance to caregivers of both young and old.
Exercise has always been said to have beneficial effects towards the well-being of those living with brain issues. However, not many studies have shown the connection between exercise and blood flow to the brain. Researchers at the University of Kentucky college of Health Sciences have finalized a study involving 30 older adults between the ages of 59 and 69. Participants were put through treadmill fitness and had their brains scanned to analyze blood flow in certain areas of the brain.