Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Fitness and the Brain: Can a Walk a Day Keep Alzheimer's Away?

I write about exercise and Alzheimer's often on this blog.
By Bob DeMarco

My mother, now 92 years old, suffers from Alzheimer's disease. For my mother exercise makes a remarkable and easy to observe change in her behavior. Most times walking into the gym she can barely make it. She walks out on her own with a smile on her face almost every time.

I have taken older people who know my mother to the gym so they can see this dramatic effect. In doing this, I am trying to convince them to exercise.

Today I want to bring to your attention an article I just finished reading on the Scientific America website, Fitness and the Brain: Can a Walk a Day Keep Alzheimer's Away?

While the scientific findings about Alzheimer's and exercise are all over the place; there is one thing that is certain, some people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's do benefit from exercise. I know this: it can't hurt and there are real health benefits.

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Bob DeMarco is the editor of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. Bob has written more than 1,200 articles with more than 9,000 links on the Internet. Bob resides in Delray Beach, FL.
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