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We often think of exercise as a way to ward off medical problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, and even depression. But researchers say that physical activity may also help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Brain health is a complicated topic. While most of the science surrounding Alzheimer’s is still unclear, there is evidence that links cognitive health with a person’s overall wellness. According to Harvard Medical School, adopting a healthy lifestyle is essential to preventing or delaying Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers from the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, believe the most effective way to reduce one’s risk of Alzheimer’s is to practice a brain-healthy lifestyle. In other words, eating well, exercising, getting quality sleep, and stimulating your mind. Of these, physical fitness activities take center stage. In fact, studies show that you can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s by up to 50% with regular exercise.
Exercise and Alzheimer’s Prevention
If your goal is to protect your cognitive health, how much exercise do you need and how often? While your primary care physician is the best person to answer that question, there are a few general guidelines seniors may find helpful:
Senior-Friendly Indoor Fitness Activities
Between the COVID-19 pandemic and the winter weather, many older adults are staying close to home. Finding exercises you can safely do at home is the key. For many, sticking with a fitness program means finding activities you enjoy and changing up your routine to prevent boredom.
We have some exercise ideas you might find useful this winter:
For more ideas on how to stay fit while staying close to home, visit Safe Winter Fitness Ideas for Older Adults. If you have questions about how Sunrise Senior Living promotes a healthy lifestyle for residents, call the Sunrise community nearest you!