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TheWelshKnight

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Poland
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Wed Mar 28 2018 10:06AM | MsgID: 19783114


Discovered an interesting article yesterday in regard to a project set in the Glebe Centre long-term care facility Canada that helps patients with dementia through the use of a bike "Special bike takes dementia patients down memory lane" https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-dementia-google-street-view-bike-1.4593902.







Apollo

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United Kingdom
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Wed Mar 28 2018 7:57AM | MsgID: 19783109


Until very recently aspirin was being touted as the wonder drug of choice for preventing dementia.

There has also been a widely propogated view that statins are the next miracle drug to control the disease.

Frankly, there are, have been, so many claims and counter claims that much of medical opionion seems little more than quackery.

I suppose if enough "solutions" are suggested and tried then eventually a miracle drug will appear.







Reyn

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Canada
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Wed Mar 28 2018 12:57AM | MsgID: 19783104


Yes, I would tend to agree that once you have the disease, chess, or anything else, is not going to slow the outcome.

But, keeping one's mind active with challenging activities, like chess, surely couldn't hurt the effort to avoid it in the first place?

I certainly do not agree with this new study:

A daily dose of ibuprofen can help prevent onset of Alzheimer’s, study finds

This was just announced yesterday, with lots of fanfare. For one, many people, including myself, cannot take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs due to causing stomach problems, at least not long-term.

So, at least chess is non-invasive!










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England
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Tue Mar 27 2018 10:57PM | MsgID: 19783101


I don't think regular chess games could slow dementia.
I think some puzzle type activities could be beneficial though.
Chess would be too demanding on the intellect of a dementia sufferer.
At least it was for my father who died last year with Alzheimers aged 88.







Ramesh 2.0

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Jamaica
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Tue Mar 27 2018 7:11PM | MsgID: 19783100


My morning ritual includes an Easy Crossword, Scramble and Sudoku from my newspaper. I find that they keep my brain active. Whether they fight any onset dementia is hard to say, however.







Apollo

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Tue Mar 27 2018 3:59PM | MsgID: 19783096


Being ever cynical, as normal, you have to remember that in the UK there have been, or still are, several schemes where GP's are financially incentivised to carry out dementia diagnoses. It is possible that some may be motivated to carry out more tests to reap the rewards, but who knows how reliable the data may be.


I think the comment ..think on the positive side, that if you keep your brain active, it will ward off the dementia. has much to recommend it, in the absence of any consistent prognostic or diagnostic procedures.

In the case of my Mother, medical opinion within the same Department of the local hospital was divided, ranging from "simply old age" to "Alzheimer's disease" to "Vascular dementia" to "Mild cognitive impairment". Seemed to depend on the day, the Doctor, and possibly the phase of the moon.


I'll stick with Reyns initial outlook, reading about and playing Chess, crosswords and the like.










Reyn

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Canada
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Tue Mar 27 2018 3:25PM | edited: 3:26:36 | MsgID: 19783095


It is interesting, but I do take these things with a bit of a grain of salt.

I think these things are not necessarily easy to measure, and there could be inconsistencies, or other factors not yet known.

I try to think on the positive side, that if you keep your brain active, it will ward off the dementia.

I think there is still much more to be discovered. Why are the statistics showing that the rates of dementia are increasing now?







penarth

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Wales
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Tue Mar 27 2018 7:55AM | MsgID: 19783067


Interesting. Just back from seeing my mum yesterday, who is in the early stages of dementia. The third link is interesting. It hadn't occurred to me that dementia might be 'speeded up' in this way but thinking about it a little it makes some sense. And as the article says, it may not be a bad thing.







Reyn

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Canada
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Mon Mar 26 2018 4:57PM | edited: 5:12:16 | MsgID: 19783028


I'm interested in activities, such as chess, to help keep the mind active as a way to fend off dementia.

Many of us probably know someone who have this disease. For myself, it's my mother (91), and she has it in an advanced stage.

I didn't start off playing chess, years ago, for this reason, but it is one that keeps me at it now. I also am active in doing crosswords, another good activity.

I'd like to hear your stories and ideas. Many of us are older folks and could benefit from them.

This topic, since it is in a chess forum, will be where I deposit links to stories about chess and dementia.

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