At the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2014, it was reported that use of computer activities and exercise reduces cognitive decline associated with Dmentia and Alzheimer’s Disease. At the Mayo Clinic, 1830 people at risk for Cognitive Decline were were studied in different groups, with a control group and a group that participated in a variety of exercise routines from mild to advanced. The patients were studied for 2.3 years.
“Any level of physical activity in midlife may help keep cognitive decline and dementia in late life at bay, new research suggests.”
The range of exercises include: “mild exercise was defined as leisurely walking. Moderate exercise included engaging in activities such as brisk walking, cycling, and swimming, and vigorous exercise included participating in activities such as mountain biking and downhill skiing.”
There is definitely protective effects from exercise, even as simple as taking your dog on a brisk walk. “The investigators found that only moderate midlife physical exercise was significantly associated with a decreased risk for incident dementia”.
I summarize these important reports, because we all have parents and family that need to avoid the inactive lifestyle and we have a responsibility to them to see that they stay healthy and mentally active so we can enjoy their senior years with them.