Thinking while you Move could Stave off Memory Loss

In a study funded by the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute in Tampa Bay, FL, researchers found that after eight months, participants who practiced tai chi had brain growth and cognitive improvement.  Those in the study who were not instructed to participate in tai chi, were either told to engage in stimulating conversation, to walk, or to do nothing at all.  Surprisingly, those who participated in engaging in stimulating conversation did better than those who were just walking, perhaps pointing to the importance of being socially engaged.  “You have growth and degeneration simultaneously, and most often degeneration wins out,” said Dr. James Mortimer, professor of epidemiology at University of South Florida College of Public Health.  “I would imagine that if you keep things growing you can ward off memory loss.”