by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2005-11-16
Throw out the TV and write a book instead is the message from Israel if you want to delay the development of Alzheimer's disease.
Reading, writing and generally being busy are some of the activities that can help to prevent the development of the brain disease, a new report from the Technion, Israel's Institute of Science & Technology has found.
Being a passive person and just watching TV may even encourage Alzheimer's says the Technion.
Alzheimer's is a devastating brain disease that results in loss of memory and poor judgement and generally affects those over the age of 60, though it can also affect younger people and also impacts on those near and dear to those affected.
"The connection between leisure time activities and damage to brain capabilities has already been explored in a number of research projects," said Dr Rivka Inzelberg of Technion's Rappaport Faculty of Medicine and the Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera. "It is known that active intellectual activities can delay the development of Alzheimer's."
The research was based on 600 people over the age of 65 living in central Israel.
The findings by Dr Inzelberg were recently presented at a conference attended by neurologists in Istanbul, Turkey. Delegates came from around the world including Iran, India, Israel and Syria and Dr Inzelberg was invited to lecture on the research in Tehran. Conference attendees also discussed better ways they could work together globally.
More information: www.technion.ac.il