|Drive-by medical research
||[Jun. 13th, 2003|03:35 pm]
The sensates win.
While in the medical school gathering documents I happened across a presentation about Alzheimer’s disease. First of all, I am right about my grandmother. Sitting on her ass in front of the TV is the reason why she can hardly remember her own name these days. Mental activity reduces Alzheimer’s and senile dementia dramatically.
But even more dramatically than just keeping up that golf game or bridge club or doing the Sunday Times Crossword Puzzle, seeking out novel activities keeps the brain spry and fresh. It opens up those new pathways and keeps people mentally young and alert far beyond their peers with ironclad routines.
It’s not just fun trying new things, it’s healthy. And making a habit of novelty (?) is healthier still.
So the next time you see me taking off for a new adventure, just remember that I’m exercising my brain. And come exercise yours, too!