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Delay Dementia With Physical Activity

Physical activity can delay dementia according to a study published in the online journal The Lancet Neurology. Middle aged people who are more physically active have a reduced risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's Disease as they age.

Dementia refers to a loss of thinking, perceiving, and learning abilities due to changes in the brain caused by disease or trauma. The changes may occur gradually or quickly; and how they occur may determine whether dementia is reversible or irreversible.

The study looked at adults who had engaged in leisure time activity at least twice weekly and found they had 50% lower odds of dementia compared to the adults who did not engage in physical activity during their middle years.

This study adds further evidence that regular physical activity is one of the the best ways to protect your health enjoying both physically and cognitively healthy years in later life.

Simple Physical Activities for Adults
  • Walking is a great activity to help you improve your fitness level. You can walk almost anywhere and at any time of the year. The only equipment you need is a good pair of walking shoes and clothing to fit the weather. You can join a walking group if you need help staying motivated.
  • Dancing is a great way to stay active. Square dancing, ballroom dancing or line dancing are all great activities if done on a regular basis. These activities not only exercise the body but they keep the mind fit (learning the routines). Additionally, these are very social activities, and social contact has been shown to improve overall health.
  • Exercise videos is another workout option. With these you can exercise on your own schedule in the comfort of your own home.

No matter what your preference in exercise, the goal is to just get doing something. If you want to stay healthy long into your older years you need to start now.

10/13/05





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