Exercise Helps Prevent Dementia and Alzheimer’s


image“Memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” — Kevin Arnold

What if you could do some things to help avoid getting dementia or Alzheimer’s?

Dementia means “deprived of mind,” and Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia.

Dementia is Devastating

If you know the impact that dementia and Alzheimer’s has on somebody’s life, as well as their family, you know it’s a terrible thing.

If you’ve seen the movie, The Notebook, you have an idea of what it’s all about.

Cut Your Alzheimer’s Risk by 60%

On a good note, you can dramatically reduce your risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Dr. John Medina, author of the book Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School, says you reduce your risk by adding exercise to your life.

Adding 20 minutes of aerobic exercise twice a week, cuts your risk of Alzheimer’s by 60% and it cuts your general dementia risk by 50%.  For a quick visual of the data and results, check out the Chart – Cognitive Impairment and Dementia in Elderly Populations.

Thanks to Dr. Medina for making it easy to see how exercise makes you smarter and helps prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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  1. Hey Karl

    I’ve seen some people take up tennis and other hobbies when they retire and actually get in better shape than before they were retired. There’s hope.

  2. Hi JD .. good walks, keeping our brain active – as you say … and keeping stimulated, interacting with friends and family – being involved .. Thanks Hilary

  3. I just keep saying to everyone, keep walking, keep walking, keep walking….my 89 year old neighbor looks younger than my 2 76 year old neighbors…and the fellow next door turns 80 in June and he just reads all day….and shuffles along….
    I wish they would take his drivers lic. away, he is scary and mean…

  4. Hello J.D.

    It is important to stay healthy all thru the life – when young and in old age as well. I had read an article that taking 1 tbsp of honey daily also helps in brain functioning and avoids loss of memory.

    Bye for now,

  5. @ Hilary

    Keeping stimulated is a pattern I see time and again that serves us well.

    @ Patricia

    My great grand father was a regular bowler and was always cracking jokes through his 90’s and my great grand mother was quick to show me her karater moves even in her 90’s.

    @ Cheryl

    I’m a fan of honey (I blame Winne-the-Pooh) and my favorite is raw honey.

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