Table Tennis Helps Early Stage Alzheimer
By Alex Henson
“For Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, ping pong is a game and therapy.” This quote from the Los Angeles Times hit the nail on the head with what Japanese researchers, Teruaki Mori and Dr. Tomohiko Sato, have proved through their clinical study, The Effectiveness of Exercise Intervention on Brain Disease Patients: Using Table Tennis as a Rehabilitation Program.
The study found that the game (ping pong) uniquely activates as many as five separate portions of the brain, simultaneously.
Even Dr. OZ, the famous television personality calls ping pong “his favorite brain-sport.”
Michael Zaretsky – President and CEO of the Sport and Art Educational Foundation (SAEF) founded the nonprofit SAEF in 2007, to provide access to ping pong tables and lesson, to senior citizens, disadvantaged youths and people at risk – as a therapy for those who suffer from common brain diseases (such as Alzheimer’s and developmental challenges).
In addition to the nonprofit, Zaretsky has gone on to promote the art of ping pong through his other two Los Angeles-based companies, Gilbert Table Tennis Center (a table tennis club for enthusiasts) and 11Ravens (a designer and purveyor of luxury game tables).