September 17, 2010 Research and experience with persons with memory loss diseases has proven that it is possible to prolong the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Because the brain and body muscles need to be stimulated to stay balanced and alert, scientist have tested methods of delaying the symptoms of the memory loss process.
The Montessorri Method has been used successfully for memory training techniques. A teacher with MD and PHD degrees, by the name of Maria Montessori, was assigned to a home for retarded children in France over 100 years ago to take care of health needs. She developed a method of communicating and teaching children that was extremely successful. This method has since been used to teach children of all learning levels.
The method was studied with groups of Alzheimer’s patients and was found to yield amazing results. According to the Brenner Pathways that teaches the method, the Montessori Method is a technique for stimulating muscle memory. Muscle memory is the natural repetitive movements used for activities of daily living.
Training the attention span helps all people to maintain longer term memory. According to an article on the Medicinenet.com website, “Memory Exercises that Work“, all people make excuses for forgetting simple things. Some may feel that it is a result of growing old. However, it is most often the result of not paying attention.
Persons with memory loss diseases lose focus and attention spans are shorter. In earlier stages of memory loss, repetition in putting away objects or performing other activities of daily living may help with dealing with life. Verbally repeating the processes for activities may also be useful.
Brain exercises are useful all through life to build, and overcome symptoms. However, a breakthrough discovery reported by the Department for Health and Human Services at health finder.gov uncovers a downside to brain exercises for persons with Alzheimer’s.
According to the September 1, 2010 article, “Mental ‘Exercise’ May Only Hide Signs of Alzheimer’s”. While the symptoms are being controlled, the actual decline is continuing.
The upside of brain exercises is that the patient can live a more fulfilling life, relieves stress on the whole family, and keeps the recognition connection longer.
The article quotes senior study author Robert Wilson of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, who stated, “We think there is a trade-off.”
Staying mentally active means “…a little more time during which the person is cognitively competent and independent and a little less time in a disabled and dependent state” once dementia does set in”. said Wilson.
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