Originally Posted by Diego24
I read all these things about exercise releasing BDNF which start neurogenesis and therefore regenerates dying neurons. This is supposedly to slow down PD. Anyway, I studied a lot during my life. What I remembered was that when the academic year started I was a bit stupid. Stupid in the sense that it took me time to understand things. But after some weeks of studying my brain suddenly improved and I understood things very fast. This effect was really spectacular during exams. I could learn like if I was a computer. So I was thinking ... something in my brain must have changed because of continuosly studying. Neurogenesis must have occured. So I was thinking whether studying would be beneficial for PD patients, especially if combined with exercise. Anyone has ever read anything about studying and it's effect on PD ?
Use it or lose it, as they say. Sudoku, learning a new language especially for some reason, playing an instrument, brain games on the computer (we bought a year's script to lumosity.com, I think it is called but be careful, those brain games are addictive if you are competitive with yourself and want to try to better your score!)
This was for Alz, however, but since you can see dementia in some PDers, it's probably good for that too. Heck, it's good for everyone, to keep that brain busy. As a counselor once told me "the brain hates to be bored". She was talking about little kids actually, but I would think this applies to us all.
The main thing is to find things your dad is interested in, and go with those. If the brain activity can include physical activity as well, even if it's just playing the piano or a guitar, gardening like Ron does, so much the better. Just remember a compromised system might make 2 ATP molecules whereas a healthy one makes close to 38, so you see where the lack of energy comes into play in a huge way. I got this from Dr. Wahl's book "Minding My Mitochondria"-she suffered from MS (a brain doctor herself, no less). We've talked about her recovery here on the forum, search and you can read more about her and her book.