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Lifetime Physical Activity May Help Prevent Dementia

Several studies have linked physical activity to greater cognitive health. A study in the journal Neurologist assessed the relationship between daily physical activity (measured objectively) and cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease. The study followed over 700 healthy older adults for over three years.

The findings showed that greater levels of activity, as measured by an activity tracker participants wore on their wrists, were linked to lower risk of cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s dementia. Health clubs provide a supportive environment for adults of all ages to be active, and many offer programs specifically for older adults.

Schlosser Covell GE1, Hoffman-Snyder CR, Wellik KE, Woodruff BK, Geda YE, Caselli RJ, Demaerschalk BM, Wingerchuk DM. Physical activity level and future risk of mild cognitive impairment or dementia: a critically appraised topic. Neurologist. 2015 Feb;19(3):89-91.

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