Yoga and Cognitive Enrichment
While research on preventing memory decline is relatively new, early studies imply that Yoga can have a positive impact. In most Yoga classes we learn new skills, we repeat patterns to exercise our brain, and our movements involve the use of more than one sense. In addition, making Yoga a part of our regular exercise routine will help us become more mindful in our everyday lives. All of these things may help to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s-like symptoms.
As we age, it’s normal for forgetfulness to become more frequent. However, when this forgetfulness interferes with normal daily activities, then it may be time to consult a doctor. Symptoms of various forms of dementia, with Alzheimer’s being the most common, may include:
- trouble performing routine daily activities
- challenges in managing finances
- feeling disoriented in place or time
- mood swings or erratic behavior
- trouble with writing or speech