It happens the moment you get the news. The very day you’re told you have cognitive decline or – worse yet – dementia, they’ll also hit you with a piece of information that’s in many ways worse.
There’s nothing you can do about it.
That’s what they’ll tell you, at any rate. They’ll treat you like a lost cause. So it’s no wonder that depression, stress, and anxiety often follow right on the heels of a dementia diagnosis.
Well, my friend, I’m here to say they’re 100 percent wrong. You (or your loved one) are NOT a lost cause. There IS hope.
The latest research reveals how something you almost certainly love already could help SLOW the slide. Plus, it may help PROTECT your memory, even if you’re already in decline.
Make it music to slow dementia
There’s a TON of advice out there on how to avoid dementia. Eat this. Do that. Try some other thing.
I’m not here to knock it. Frankly, anything that can help prevent this awful disease is OK in my book. In fact, I shared 5 natural memory tricks that can help protect your aging brain right here.
But let’s face it. When you already have cognitive decline or are in the early stages of dementia, you’re well past the point of prevention.
And that’s why the latest research offers such a powerful ray of hope. Because this “ear” method may help desperate so-called “lost cause” patients to slow that decline.
Best of all, it’s not a drug with side effects. It’s a simple activity you already know and almost certainly love. Because this key to improving brain health even after decline sets in is music.
The new analysis of 21 studies finds that musical activities, including singing and playing instruments, can deliver help right where you need it most.
Specifically, these beloved activities can lead to small but significant improvements in:
- cognitive function
- quality of life
Of course, anyone can make music anywhere. But it’s believed that making music with others may be the most helpful form of music for supporting healthy cognition.
Fight cognitive decline with a combo
Collaborative music-making leads to social activity and forming social bonds. Plus, it forces you to follow and match group patterns as well.
All of which the experts say can help stimulate your brain.
That may mean playing in a band, singing in a choir, or even sitting in a drum circle and banging away as part of the group. Just don’t stop there.
The best way to give yourself a fighting chance against dementia is to attack it from all sides. So along with making music consider supplementing with nutrients, we KNOW are important for brain function and have shown promise against cognitive decline.
And, of course, speak to a naturopathic or integrative medicine doctor. He can evaluate your case and help with more specific dementia-fighting treatments tailored to your own needs. In many cases, those may include changing or eliminating meds, detox, and other non-drug therapies.