Dementia Doesn’t Have to be Inevitable; Fight it with Exercise


If you are like many people, you might think dealing with dementia is an inevitable part of the aging process. In fact, it probably even makes sense to you that it would happen. After all, the body starts to slow down, so it simply follows that the mind should, too, right? Not necessarily!

Exercise can Stave off Aging’s Ill Effects

Patti Neighmond, in this NPR article, cites a neurosurgeon’s research that shows that after a year of moderate exercise, the volume of the brains of those older adults had increased. Art Kramer, a neuroscientist employed by the University of Illinois, also noted that the control group saw a 1.5 percent reduction in the volume of their brains. After further testing, it was determined that an increase in the brain volume meant better memory for those individuals.

Start now for a Healthy Future

This is news that you can use to improve your health right now. No matter how old you are right now, embarking on an exercise routine, even one that is as moderate as the 45 minutes of walking the participants in Dr Kramer’s study did three times a week, can make a tremendous difference in your cognitive abilities later on in life. If your parents are reaching old age, encourage them to get moderate exercise as well.

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