It’s Not too Late to Get Moving!

Exercise can Prevent & Limit the Effects of Dementia!

More seniors are getting diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer’s and different kinds of mild cognitive impairment than ever before. While there is no known cure for most mild cognitive impairments, there are many ways to prevent them, to limit their effects and to manage the symptoms. There are many people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s who have succeeded in halting the worsening of the condition. These ailments are progressive and the severity of such chronic conditions would only become more worrisome. But that can be stemmed in a few ways, one of which is moderate exercise.

It's Not too Late to Get Moving

Let us highlight the scientific facts first and then we would talk about the implications.

  • Studies have inferred that exercise has a positive effect on elderly people, seniors aged sixty and above, who are suffering from mild cognitive impairment. Peer reviewed researches have concluded that cognitive decline can be prevented or slowed down with a moderate exercise program.
  • The research sheds light particularly on the cortical thickness in brains of seniors who have dementia or Alzheimer’s. Exercising with moderate intensity or activity that keeps a senior mobile and relatively agile will increase the cortical thickness in the brain.
  • The inferences of the research have been published by the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Recording the inferences, Dr. J. Carson Smith has said that exercise can reverse neurodegeneration. This can contain the level of brain shrinkage, which is common among seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s. The associate professor of kinesiology at the university Dr. Smith who is the senior author of the study that has been published in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society further said that the research proves that it is never too late to exercise or intervene even in chronic conditions. There is evidence that memory loss can be prevented or slowed down and that people can recover slightly from steady or swift cognitive decline.

The findings are very encouraging for people who have parents and grandparents with cognitive impairments. There is no a scientific reason why seniors should move around, walk, indulge in physical activity and do whatever they can without harming or risking their health. Mild activities have a ton of advantages, from better cardiovascular health to better blood circulation to prevention of various musculoskeletal ailments. Being able to prevent the worsening of dementia is another compelling reason to encourage seniors and elderly people to indulge in activity.

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