According to a Canadian researcher, there’s evidence that happy people with a zest for life may be lowering their chances of developing Alzheimer’s.
Dr. Jane Rylett, a researcher at the Molecular Brain Research Group at the Robarts Research Institute in Ontario, said she’s driven in her research by the fact that her own father recently passed away from Alzheimer’s. And she’s convinced that a happy outlook on life is a potent weapon in preventing the disease.
She believes a decline in cognitive function is not inevitable…and that there’s a lot we can do to prevent it. She says that happy, emotionally-healthy people who enjoy life, and live it to the fullest, are actually building a “cognitive reserve,” which helps them delay – or prevent – the onset of Alzheimer’s.
Dr. Rylett believesthere are four “Pillars of Brain Health”: Physical Fitness. Mental Stimulation. Good nutrition. And stress-management. She says all of these things stimulate healthy brain function. And they all have an extra bonus, as well – they also help prevent heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.
Dr. Rylett goes one step farther, as well. She believes that even current Alzheimer’s patients can exhibit improved mental function and more-balanced behavior if exposed to these stimulants.