Baseball Can Help Alzheimer's Patients

A new therapy for Alzheimer’s patients has them talking baseball.
A tour of Busch stadium.

"I see them hanging all over this. They must be a lot taller than I am."

A time for cardinals fans to reminisce.

"The guy that stole the stolen base record. Lou Brock, couldn't think of his damn name. Yeah that was a great moment."

Another thing these people have in common, early stage Alzheimer’s disease.

"People who have fairly advance Alzheimer's or other types of dementia still have these wonderful memories they can access when we help them."

This is the Cardinals reminiscence league developed by the Alzheimer’s association, St. Louis University and the St. Louis via. 25 Alzheimer's families meet twice a month. This time they are taking a tour of Busch stadium, where they get to hold artifacts from the Cardinals hall of fame, and share precious memories.

"I snuck into one of the playoff games you know when they were on Dodier Street and that"

You could climb up the fence and drop down you know, ha,ha,ha,ha."

"Therapists say this innovative program helps people with memory problems by enhancing their mood and communication skills and may improve intellectual ability"

"We talk baseball all my friends and it’s really a lot fun. It’s that support you that you like? Yes"

"He's a very avid cardinal fan and he collects baseball cards and memorabilia so this was the perfect opportunity for him to come alive and start talking more and share more. "
St. Louis university director of geriatrics, Dr. John Morely, developed the Cardinals reminiscence league after learning of a support group in Scotland where Alzheimer's patients share soccer memories.


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