If you’re a golfer, you know all the frustrations inherent with the game. That awful tee shot, the rimmed putt, and then, the shot that brings you back every time (mine was on 13 yesterday), but would you ever think it was therapeutic? And for Alzheimer’s patients? Hardly likely!
Well, a group in California found that Alzheimer’s patients who had previously played the game, retained the muscle memory, and were able to find pleasure, once again, chasing after a dimpled white ball. The article in the Wall Street Journal focused on the pleasure derived from doing “an activity that once brought about true pleasure” and found “the agitation can dissipate, their minds can clear, and memories related to that activity can return.”
So the next time you find yourself cursing over that chunked shot, know that it truly is history, and when your memory fades, it will always be the good shots that bring you back.