This is the kind of news that makes me happy. A study shows a significant relationship between creative expression/linguistic ability early in life to the development of Alzheimer’s later in life. There test subjects were nuns who had written autobiographies in their earlier years.
Here’s a fascinating excerpt:
“Here is what scientists found: The number of ideas expressed in those autobiographies had a inverse association with the severity of dementia later in life. For instance in the sentence, “I was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on May 24, 1913 and was baptized in a church,” has seven ideas according to the researchers. Phrases like “I was born” and “I was baptized in church” all count toward what they call a measurement of “idea density.”
They found a strong association between those whose autobiographies had low idea density and presence of the Alzheimer-related tangles in the frontal, temporal or parietal lobe of the brain. “
I love this – that the more “dense” and rich the ideas you use to express yourself are, the less risk of Alzheimers you seem to have.