You might want to consider thinking of tai chi and qigong as part of your overall “education” as tools to ward off dementia and Alzheimer’s as you age. According to a report on NPR’s Health Shots this week, the degree of education one has has been shown to influence the chances you have of suffering from dementia and thus Alzheimer’s. Here’s a quote from the article, which can alos be heard as audio at npr.org.
“One is that education might actually change the brain itself,” Langa says. “We think that it actually creates more, and more complicated, connections between the nerve cells so that you’re able to keep thinking normally later into life.”
Education can not only change the brain, it can change your whole life, says Haaga.
Nothing, in my view and experience, changes the brain as constructively as tai chi and qigong. How you use your mind to learn the sequences of moves if central to cultivating the large number of benefits that they are known for producing.