Alzheimer’s Disease

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Therapeutic Yoga for Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that gives birth to dementia. It affects mental as well as physical health. The treatment process of Alzheimer’s disease focuses on reducing the symptoms of the disease and helping the patient in recovering the ability to perform daily tasks. In the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease, a person loses the ability to perform brain functions which could even result in death. There is no permanent cure for Alzheimer’s disease in conventional treatment options.

As per a published study in the US on Brain Plasticity, in comparison to conventional exercises like aerobic and anaerobic, therapeutic yoga is easier and more beneficial for people who have limited movements and are ageing. It helps in improving both mental and physical health, which is not the case with modern forms of workouts.

Yoga has a positive effect on several parts of the brain, with different asanas and pranayama impacting the brain in their own beneficiary manners. It can soothe the mind, calm the nerves and ease the reasons causing stress and anxiety. All this plays a key role in diminishing the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

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What is Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic neurological disorder that causes memory loss and loss of cognitive movement. In this disease, the brain cells get degenerate and die.

An Alzheimer’s patient develops memory issues and has a tendency to forget recent events. It becomes difficult for an Alzheimer’s patient to perform daily tasks with ease and often requires the help of others.

Alzheimer’s is said to be a progressive form of dementia disease( a continuous decline in thinking, behavioural and social skills). Alzheimer’s disease disrupts a person’s ability to perform routine activities and forces them to require assistance.


Causes and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s


The exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease is not known yet but is said to be caused by a combination of various factors such as environment, lifestyle, and genetics. Alzheimer’s is caused by the death of brain cells due to problems with brain proteins that disrupt the functioning of brain cells. Neurons in the brain get damaged and lose connection with each other. Genetics is one cause that has been identified by a number of medical experts throughout the world.


A person affected with Alzheimer’s disease shows many signs and symptoms of the disease which can be easily identified. A person’s ability to perform Cognitive and behavioural functions gets highly damaged. Some common signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are:

  1. Loss of memory- asking questions, again and again, forgetting events, meetings, the name of people, etc.
  2. Unable to gather and remember new information.
  3. Unable to make and make proper judgments.
  4. Loss of thinking ability and reasoning ability.
  5. Difficulty in performing regular tasks.
  6. Eyesight problems.
  7. Changes in personality and previous behaviour- changes like depression, obsessiveness, mood swings, lack of trust, social withdrawal, apathy, delusions, and lack of motivation could be seen in an Alzheimer’s patient.
  8. Sleeping problems.
  9. Facing problems with speech and writing.

The severity of the symptoms could vary in each case and mostly depends on the level or stage of Alzheimer’s disease.

Is It Possible To Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease? 

Alzheimer’s is an irreversible degenerative disease. However, a few healthy lifestyle choices can keep it at bay to quite an extent.
1) Physical Exercises:  Various forms of physical activity or exercises can help maintain a healthy state of mind. A small session of workout helps in getting more blood to the brain with more oxygen, resulting in a healthier mind. A regular habit of walking, or doing yoga asanas or pranayama can boost the working of your nervous system.

2) Dieting: A good mix of nutritious diet will be best for the heart as well as the brain. Adding fruits, vegetables, protein-rich foods, and whole-grain foods will help a lot in staying healthy. Try to minimize sugar, alcohol, and fats present in meats and dairy products

3) No smoking: Avoid all types of tobacco products at all costs.

4) Check Old Injuries: In case you had an injury, or accident where the damage was on or near the brain, it could turn into Alzheimer’s later in life. Take care of those wounds with regular medical check-ups.

5) Challenge Your Brain: Try to learn new things to keep your mind active. Socializing, meeting new people, talking about your likes, dislikes, and emotional baggage, playing any indoor games you like and having a good laugh once in a while, can greatly help maintain a positive mindset and keep your brain neurons active and alive.

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Yoga can help in reducing stress and related aspects of Alzheimer’s. It can help in activating various parts of the brain.


Yoga asanas and pranayamas have a great impact on mental health. They improve the functioning of the brain by activating various brain cells, diminishing stress and calming the nervous system, thus resulting in better functioning of the brain and preventing chances of getting Alzheimer’s.


Multiple studies have proven that yoga is better than trying traditional methods of exercising. With practices that involve better breathing, improved circulation of blood, more oxygen to the body as well as brain, reduction in stress and overall growth of the brain, Yoga seems to be the best option for Alzheimer’s.


Among the suggested asana for Alzheimer’s the teacher must make the practitioner aware of the precautions of every yoga asana. The asanas which need training and balance like Sarvangasana or Sirsasana are needed to be performed by a professional teacher and you shouldn’t have any injury or back pain.


Yoga calms the inflammation, irritation and stress of the brain. It calms your mood and helps you focus on yourself. It lets you clear your mind, and creates a peaceful aura. Several studies has shown that Yoga has been very beneficial for Alzheimer’s patients.

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