Tai Chi: A New Treatment for Dementia

Dementia is an umbrella term for several different kinds of cognitive impairment that can begin to affect memory around the age of 50. Even though we may joke about juggling fewer tasks, processing information more slowly, or finding it difficult to focus on details, life may grow more frustrating for ourselves or our loved ones.

More and more research, however, finds that the brain continues to grow new cells, make new connections, or even increase in size throughout our life span. Harvard Medical School has conducted multiple studies on the effects exercise and social relationships have on brain function.

Tai Chi has shown the most significant improvements in brain function and lessening of dementia symptoms. Confirmed by MRI images, brain volume increased the most in Tai Chi groups.

In addition to brain volume, Tai Chi groups performed better on cognitive tests, felt more confident, and reported feeling happier and calmer. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry even suggested that Tai Chi could be an effective treatment for depression without the use of drugs or psychotherapy.

According to the Harvard studies, Tai Chi slowed the progression to dementia more than any other form of exercise and improved the ability to multitask, manage time, and make decisions.

The gift in Tai Chi is its ability to move the body gently, calm the mind, oxygenate the brain, and stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system which is operating when our body is in its healthiest state.

Find your Tai Chi social groups at the JCC, or contact me for private lessons with your own chosen groups at home.

About the Author

Check out the latest issue of our online magazine!

More for You

Topics & Perspectives

The New Normal for the 50+ Generation

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, there is an unmistakable sense that the caution and urgency of March and April have faded away. Perhaps it is too much to ask people to remain vigilant to …

Read More
Dining & Drinks

Dusty’s Opening Day

Created by Judy Beaudin | Photo by Judy Beaudin | Pulled Chicken Sliders with Blackberry BBQ Sauce and Apple Blackberry Slaw As spring approaches and we ease back into gathering with friends, individual servings are …

Read More
Arts & Entertainment

An Urban Oasis Amid the Hustle and Bustle of Downtown Dallas

Klyde Warren Park is an island of luscious green among the downtown Dallas skyscrapers and concrete freeways. The park is part of a freeway, built on a two-block platform over the Woodall Rogers Expressway. The …

Read More
error: Content is protected !!