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May 6th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Physical Activity=Good Health

Research is now saying that being physically active can slow the onset of dementia, like Alzheimer’s disease. USNews and World Report recently reported on a study conducted at Columbia University; Dr. Yian Gu was the lead researcher, and said, “We recently published a paper using information of both current and past physical activity and found they both are associated with lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The current study is a step further to show that physical activity is also protective against brain volume loss.”

Studies over the past few decades have shown an association between physical activity and good health, both physical and mental. Recent studies are more conclusive, although Dr. Gu gave a word of caution. She said the study in question shows a relationship that is not causative; that is, the research does not prove physical activity causes good health, only that there is a relationship between the two.

Dr Gu’s study looked at brain size in seniors about 75 years of age; in layman’s terms, the research team found that brain size is larger in people who are physically active; reduced brain size is associated with dementia, like Alzheimer’s. Physical activity may keep your brain four years younger than the rest of your body. If you are interested in how the study was conducted, you can get more details here.

Daily Exercise is Good for Your Brain

Experts are very clear: keeping active only adds benefits for seniors. We are not sure how exercising helps good brain functioning; there are likely more than one factors involved. Daily walks, exercise routine, using a personal trainer, stimulating conversations, swimming are all good ways of keeping your body in a good state of health and stimulating your brain so it doesn’t shrink into dementia.

In the midst of this COVID19 pandemic, we may need to get creative in how we exercise; social distancing just doesn’t help, but if we are creative, we can figure out how to keep physical activity a part of our daily routine.

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