PT Sue is back with her new guest blog for LivHOME!
Research has definitely proven that exercise, both strengthening and aerobic, along with weight control, proper eating, and proper medical management, can extend our lives by several years. There is a growing concern that quantity of life is not good if there is no quality of life, namely, the protection of memory to secure our intellect. People want to grow older but they also want to stay mentally alert and competent.
There is now increasing research linking such factors as belly fat, lack of on-going mental stimulation, stress (perceived or real), and lack of exercise to Alzheimer’s Disease. One such study examined the effect of moderate exercise three times a week in a large group of people diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. All individuals were tested cognitively before and after the study. One group was enrolled in the exercise program and the other group was placed on Aricept with no exercise. The results indicated that the exercise group improved cognitively without any medication as well as the non-exercise group who only took the Aricept. The conclusion was that exercise increased cerebrovascular function as much as medication did.
A second study done by Finnish researchers and just published in JAMA Internal Medicine May 27, 2013, studied the effects of exercise in Alzheimer’s individuals. From the data gathered, the researchers concluded that individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease who participated in structured exercise two times weekly showed slower mental deterioration compared to the group that did not exercise. The length of the program was one year. They also found that the exercise group had fewer falls and lower over-all health care costs compared to the non-exercise group.
Here are some tips to consider trying to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease:
1) Maintain a healthy weight
2) Eat properly—Fruits, vegetables, proteins from lean poultry, fish, tofu, nuts (such as walnuts)
3) Monitor health issues including blood pressure, blood sugar, triglycerides, cholesterol
4) Exercise regularly and routinely
5) Exercise your thinking regularly and routinely
6) Manage your stress and learn how to relax while handling stress, real or perceived
7) Sleep well
8) Quit smoking and minimize or quit alcohol
9) Protect your brain from injury
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at my web site, ptsue.com; my office (951)369-6507; or my email, firstname.lastname@example.org. My goal is to help seniors keep healthy and moving. I welcome all questions and/or comments.