Sep 4, 2008

Physical Activity for Older Adults at Risk for Alzheimer Disease

Does physical activity delay development of Alzheimer disease and late-life dementia?

This new study just released shows that regular exercise is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of dementia and can help slow progression of Alzheimer's. This is important news for those suffering from Alzheimer's, dementia, and it is important news for those predisposed to dementia by birth. Start exercising NOW.

Source: The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA). In order to view the entire study you must be a subscriber or member.

Over the last three years, I wrote many times on this blog about the positive effect of exercise on my mother who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. A study of one, I am convinced that exercise improves my mother's attitude, day and outlook. Most of the time it is difficult to get my mother to go to the gym. She tells me over and over she'll go but she won't do anything once we get there. I never have any problem getting my mother to exercise once we get to the gym. Most of the time she can barely walk on the way in to Gold's gym. On the way out, she is standing up straight and often smiling. The interaction in the gym with others is also beneficial. Others have told me my mother is a different person after exercising.

PS...I also exercise with my mother so we both benefit.

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Bob DeMarco
Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. The ARR knowledge base contains more than 3,811 articles with more than 306,100 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.