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COPD and the Decline of Cognitive Function
For those suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), cognitive function can gradually decline as the lungs provide less oxygen to the brain. However, you can retain your current cognitive function and even improve it. With this in mind, the Lung Institute has created a short list of five brain-building exercises to keep your mind sharp.
1. Pick up a Musical Instrument
The cognitive effects of learning a musical instrumental have widely been accepted as crucial to early brain development and the prevention of dementia and other mental illnesses. In the process of learning to play an instrument, the brain is forced to interpret and integrate a large range of sensory information, in effect, strengthening communication between the different brain areas. Those suffering from COPD should avoid wind instruments such as brass and woodwinds, in favor of stringed instruments (violin, guitar) or even piano and drums.
2. Watch TV
Although too much of a good thing can be bad for you, just enough can be great, and when engaging the brain, watching even a half-hour of TV has been shown to increase performance on subsequent intelligence tests. However, keep the binge-watching to a minimum as prolonged sitting and inactivity can produce negative health effects in the body.
3. Take up a New Hobby
For those interested in increasing cognitive function, picking up a hobby is one of the most creative methods out there. Whether it’s learning how to sew, paint, sculpt, or craft, picking up a new skill has been shown to help reduce the risk of dementia and preserve memory. It has also been shown that picking up a new hobby often has the added benefit of expanding one’s social group and fostering new relationships, promoting both communication, friendships, and social activity.
4. Listen to Music
Music has been a part of the human experience for thousands of years, and it should come as no surprise that simply putting on your favorite song can be largely beneficial on cognitive function and development. Regardless of the genre or tempo, researchers found that listening to music bolstered mental processing, compared to listening to no music at all.
5. Learn Another Language
Perhaps the most challenging and most rewarding entry on this list is learning another language, which can be life-changing at any stage. In the process of learning a second language, the brain is required to find new meaning in words and phrases, retain them, and then organize and communicate them when speaking. As the brain makes these new connections, cognitive function improves.
If you or a loved one suffers from COPD, or any lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of stem cell treatment options. Contact us at (800) 729-3065 to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy.
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