In a recent study published in the journal BMJ, researchers found that solving Sudoku puzzles and crossword puzzles on a daily basis did not help to keep dementia at bay. Unreliable claims have claimed that the more the brain is forced to work, the longer it will remain sharp as the person grows older. According to the most recent Scottish research, persons who engage in various brain games and puzzles to keep their brains active have better mental faculties than those who do not. It has been stated by the researchers that these individuals have a “higher cognitive point.” They did, however, point out that their own decline into dementia is also a possibility.
Researchers indicated that this reduction in mental faculties is not only more pronounced among individuals with greater mental capabilities, but it is also not slower when compared to those with lower mental capabilities as well. Dr. Roger Staff, of the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and the University of Aberdeen, was the lead researcher on this study, which included 498 participants. He was assisted by his colleagues. All of these individuals were subjected to an IQ test when they were 11 years old.
According to a recent study published in the journal Geriatrics & Gerontology International, scientists asserted that music intervention had promising benefits in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. In order to reach this result, researchers looked at data from 51 dementia patients who visited community-based adult day health facilities. Behavioral inspections of a music intervention indicated that it had a beneficial impact on the participants’ mood and that it reduced their agitation in the most recent trial. According to the research findings, the subjects demonstrated a significant rise in their levels of happiness, eye movement, eye contact, talkativeness, and being engaged. The researchers also noted that they were moving less and sleeping less, as well as dancing less.
With the aid of headphones, each participant in this study listened to music that was tailored to their preferences. While participating in this activity, they were encouraged to engage in social interaction with one another and/or with the researchers. In her statement, Dr. Emily Ihara, lead author from George Mason University, stated that the encouraging findings of this meaningful and economical intervention have encouraged the research team to develop an online training programme for direct care workers in long-term care facilities.