(ORDO NEWS) — Researchers in Australia and China have learned that travel can have a therapeutic effect on dementia.
Everyone has heard of music and art therapy. Both types of psychotherapeutic influence are used not only by psychologists, but also by psychiatrists. What about travel therapy?
Scientists from Edith Cowan, Curtina (Australia), Fudan and Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences (China) Universities decided for the first time to learn about the medical effects of travel therapy. And they did not lose: it turned out that this effect actually exists.
The researchers reviewed the literature and found that tourism may have a positive therapeutic effect on disorders associated with senile dementia.
Indeed, while traveling, a person receives a lot of new positive impressions , which has a beneficial effect on the brain.
This provides cognitive and sensory stimulation, and adaptation to new conditions makes the brain work in an enhanced mode.
In addition, tourists move a lot, which is also extremely useful for senile diseases. It is also known that exercise is associated with mental well-being.
Holiday meals are also often associated with group meals when all family members gather. Previous studies have shown that family meals have a positive effect on the eating behavior of patients with dementia.
Add to that fresh air, swimming in sea water, a lot of sun, and as a result – an increase in the level of vitamin D and serotonin.
By the way, this is probably why travel can also have a positive effect on people with depression. This aspect of tourism is likely to be the subject of future studies.
According to the authors of the work, it is necessary to rethink the role of travel in medical practice, because tourism, as it turned out, is not just entertainment and travel: it helps to increase physical and psychological well-being.
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