Senior citizens are at a high risk of developing some form of cognitive disorder like dementia. More specifically, Alzheimer’s disease is the most prevalent type of dementia in the western world. According to a recent study that was conducted at Iowa State University, a new type of neural protein plays an important part in brain function and development. The researchers at this university identified the NPTX2 protein, which is believed to support important neural processes such as memory. The study goes on to suggest that Columbus senior home care agencies can help seniors boost these proteins by providing cognitive stimulation.
The study included 285 aging people, some of which showed signs of cognitive impairment. During the two years of the experiment, the participants were examined for any significant loss of memory and other cognitive function. At the conclusion of the study, the researchers determined that there was a strong link between the levels of the NPTX2 protein and memory loss. In fact, more than half of the participants who showed a decline in memory actually lost some of their NPTX2.
What makes this protein so special? In simple terms, a person who has a high level of NPTX2 is unlikely to suffer from degenerative cognitive diseases such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. In order to maintain a steady concentration of this protein in the brain, a person has to remain mentally active. Therefore, elderly individuals who do not use their brain to full capacity on a daily basis are prone to develop Alzheimer’s disease. The study on the NPTX2 supports the old saying that warns us to either “use it or lose it.” Senior citizens should be encouraged to read, write and do other mentally stimulating activities that provide some sort of cognitive workout. Engaging in recreational activities such as bingo and playing cards are also helpful in keeping the brain active.
Studies like this one form the basis of Alzheimer’s and dementia home care with Home Care Assistance. Our cognitive services are supplemented with our proprietary Cognitive Therapeutics Method (CTM) free of charge. CTM is a scientifically proven program that relies on a series of mentally engaging games and activities that help seniors boost memory skills, delay the onset of dementia, stimulate cognitive function, and encourage social skills. To learn more about CTM and our custom care schedule a free consultation by calling (614) 481-8888 today.