Alzheimer's is no match for this! What is the best protection against Alzheimer's?
Answer: Physical Activity
Exercise is the key to keeping your body healthy, but did you know it also helps keep your mind healthy too? According to the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation, people who engage in regular physical activity can reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s by up to 50 percent. Cardiovascular exercise increases the oxygenated blood pumping to your brain and throughout your body, and according to the Mayo Clinic, also increases brain protecting chemicals.
Did you know? A University of Pittsburgh study found that people who walk 6 to 9 miles a week have more grey matter in their brain than those who walk less or not at all.
Want a double dose of Alzheimer’s Protection?
Mentally and socially stimulating exercises pack a power punch against Alzheimer’s. Activities such as walking with a friend or group fitness classes, not only deliver the benefit of physical exercise, but also provide the mental stimulation to keep your brain exercised. Research shows that keeping mentally fit can help delay the onset of Alzheimer and slow the progression by helping to maintain old connections and stimulate new connections within the brain.
Wellness Tip- Most nursing homes and assisted-living facilities offer group fitness classes. Get involved today!
#1 Activity to Fight Alzheimer’s
Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York found dancing to be the most beneficial form of activity for seniors. Learning new dance steps, engaging in social interaction and increasing movement are the perfect combination for strengthening your mental functioning.
How Much Exercise do I need?
The CDC recommends 150 minutes of exercise a week for seniors. A 2013 study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Research found that by following this recommendation, you can improve your memory performance in 12 weeks.
Did you know? The National Institute of Health recommends seniors engage in four kinds of exercise: strength, balance, stretching, and endurance.
Senior caregivers, want to learn more about staying physically active? Read our Blog Get Moving: Helping Your Senior Parent Stay Active. https://goo.gl/uESEF5
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