Like Singing Away the Blues, a
Harvard-Trained Neurologist believes singing
might also chase away Alzheimer's
March 29, 2011--
-- Worried about your memory? Singing may
help you remember, says a Harvard-trained
neurologist who'll be delivering a keynote
address on novel strategies to treat
Alzheimer's at the 19th Annual American
Academy of Anti-Aging (A4M) Congress
7-9, 2011 in Orlando.
Besides such things as eating properly and
exercising, there are some novel strategies
to treat Alzheimer's, according to Dr. Richard
Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at
of Miami Miller
School of Medicine, and author of the book
"Treating Alzheimer's Preventing
Alzheimer's: A Patient and Family Guide,
Just as you can sing the blues away, you
might be able to do the same thing with
Alzheimer's, he said.
Music therapy has
been shown to be quite effective in
stimulating the mind and exercising the
memory, he said.
Recent studies on music therapy for memory
have shown that people can remember sung
lyrics better than just the words alone, he
added. Music therapy can also increase
chemicals in the brain that affect mood,
behavior and sleep.
Another novel approach involves fasting.
Data from studies involving dogs, mice and
humans is showing that you can protect the
brain by changing the food you eat.
Further, manipulating how your body takes in
nourishment may also be helpful.
Those who are able to fast for 12 to 14
hours can produce a mild state of ketosis, a
form of sugar starvation, during which the
body produces ketones, an energy source or
pick-me-up for the brain.
So delaying the onset of Alzheimer's can be
achieved by a multimodal approach, involving
a synergy of safe interventions, he said.