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Fitness protects brain in Alzheimer's patients

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Need yet another reason to be physically active? Here's one: A new study shows that people in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease who are more physically fit, had less shrinkage in areas of the brain that are important for memory.

Previous studies have shown that exercise slows age-related changes in the brain for healthy people. But this study shows that even people who are already in the early stages of Alzheimer's can still benefit from regular exercise. It's never too late to start!

This study is the first to show that specifically, changes occur in the memory region of the brain when someone becomes more fit.

Here's another study that reinforces the benefits of exercise for your mind:

Exercise Keeps Your Mind Sharp

You'll also find a lot more information about overall senior health in our Senior Health Lifestyle Center .

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  • no profile photo CD8066537
    WOW! thanks
    2843 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4199227
    Such a cruel disease - anything we can do to prevent it or delay it is what I am all about.

    My mother suffers from this disease - hence we all suffer from this disease. So Sad
    3779 days ago
  • no profile photo PAYDAY10
    Encouraging blog
    4017 days ago
  • no profile photo LAL667
    Thank you everyone for the encouraging posts. Fear of Alz. is something I can claim...but I don't want it to lose the good years I'm having now to fear. Lal667
    4346 days ago
    I was so glad to see this on your page! Great motivation for me to keep moving. My mother has Alzheimer's and so did her mother, scares me to death every time I forget something. My doctor assured me not to worry but I do anyway, early diagnosis seems to be the key before you really start losing your wits.
    4674 days ago
    This is such a great post - thank you. My grandmother is suffering with Alzheimer's and it is a motivation for me to keep pressing on - not for a drop in the scale but rather so I can live the best possible life I can.

    Thank you very much for this and all you do with Spark. This site has changed my life forever.
    4703 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/6/2008 12:24:01 PM
  • CALA2008
    Yet another reminder to keep us moving. Thanks for that.

    Hugs and blessings, Celeste emoticon
    4704 days ago
    Since I started exercising, I have noticed a huge difference in my level of alertness. I used to feel legthargic all the time. Now I have so much energy. No one has to convince me to keep exercising! emoticon
    4710 days ago
    I'll keep running!
    4710 days ago
  • TZH4145
    This article gives me more incentive to keep doing my exercises. emoticon emoticon
    4710 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3343212
    I'd seen this articel & actually started to do one of the recommendations for memory- stop using the same route all the time when walking/running! Reverse it occassionally. Much like driving to & from work all the time- you start to run on auto pilot, not really using your vision & muscles the way you did when you started!
    It was amazing the things I had stopped noticing!
    4710 days ago
    I'm a believer in exercise and this gives me one more reason to keep the faith!
    4711 days ago
    This was certainly true in my family. Every day my father had exercise was a better day -- for everyone. My aunt (his sister), who's probably the most physically fit woman I know, has had Alzheimer's for a number of years, but only now -- at age 90 -- is she showing the classic signs. And even so, she remains a lot more connected than many with this disease. Between my family history and your blog, I feel very motivated to get moving today.
    4711 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/30/2008 9:05:54 AM
  • KITT52
    Great article. I'm taking a copy to work. I work on a Alzheimer's unit. I think they will be very interested. Thanks again.

    4711 days ago
    Thanks for the article. Checking my e-mail while in the hotel. Great article. My Mother-in-law is in the stages of Alzheimer's disease but have been there for a few years.
    4711 days ago
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