Alzheimer’s Disease is a cognitive disorder that affects a patient’s ability to think and mentally process the information of life. Memory can suffer or even falter entirely. Patients can become unable to remember loved ones, or how to handle even the most basic or routine of life skills, as the disease progresses. Modern medicine is still without any effective cure for Alzheimer’s. What treatments are available are mostly palliative, and even those limited options must be started as quickly as possible, before the cognitive decline worsens to an advanced stage.
Some research into cognitive diseases suggests regular exercise is one way to stave off such mental declines. Both with or without the presence of a specific illness such as Alzheimer’s. The World Health Organization recommends the elderly should work several hours of moderate exercise activity into their schedules every week, such as brisk walking.
In lieu of such moderate exercise, a shorter amount of more targeted aerobic exercise can replace the lower impact but longer duration exercise; but the activity is key. While it will offer some benefits for physical health, it will also improve brain health as well. Over five million people in the United States suffer from Alzheimer’s, more from other cognitive disorders, and over the next several decades the number of diagnosed patients is expected to increase threefold.
Aerobic exercise found to improve Alzheimers #HealthStatus
- 1Alzheimer’s Disease impacts a large number of older adults, resulting in debilitating impacts on their lives.
- 2As such, researchers have been seeking a means to prevent or slow the onset of Alzheimer’s and its symptoms.
- 3A recent study indicated that older adults engaging in aerobic exercise showed increased cognitive function and delayed symptoms over a control group.
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