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I became a Professor Emeritus after serving 29 years as a recreational therapy faculty member at Indiana University. I'm a long-time Hoosier, having grown up in Hanover, Indiana. My RT practitioner work was in psych/mental health. After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, my first faculty position was at the University of North Texas. RT has been a wonderful profession for me as I have had the opportunity to serve as an author and national leader.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Active Mind Delays Alzheimer's

There is new animal research that has found that learning slows down the build-up of protein plaques and tangles in the brain that are related to Alzheimer's Disease (AD). While the study was done with mice, it does suggest that having an active mind may delay or even prevent AD.

This is another piece of research that supports the need for RTs to provide opportunities for clients in long-term care to maintain active minds and to keep learning. It seems clear that older people can learn and that such learning can be good for them in many ways, including delaying or preventing AD.

The citation for the research is: Lauren M. Billings, Kim N. Green, James L. McGaugh, and Frank M. LaFerlaLearning Decreases Aß*56 and Tau Pathology and Ameliorates Behavioral Decline in 3xTg-AD Mice J. Neurosci. 2007 27: 751-761; doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4800-06.2007

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