Now this is not the best modelling, because it was taken on Monday three miles from the trailhead in Headwaters Forest Reserve in Humboldt County, but it is an opportunity to emphasize something critical to management of cognitive decline: our conceptual memory is built upon the our three-D navigation system. That’s why we “stare off into space” when thinking.
Walking in unstructured natural environments reinforces that spatial reasoning system at the root physiological level. It reminds the mind “structure is important.” Encourage those in early stages of cognitive decline to walk in nature.
Then there’s the emotional benefit. What toe-hold is there for anxiety when the world provides such beauty?