Thursday, March 19, 2009

Alzheimer's Disease and Physical Activity

Among the most frequent and feared neurological complaints is loss of the ability to think clearly including recognition of friends and family. Problems such as these fall into the broad category of cognitive impairment often preceeding Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

This month's issue of Archives of Neurology contains four articles addressing the link beween physical activity and dementia. Multiple studies demonstrate a higher frequency of cognitive disorders in obese people. Many of these disorders are the result of obesity in combination with diabetes, high cholesterol and vascular disease.

One study demonstated improved memory function in adults over the age of 50 who began a program of physical activity.

These recent studies add more support to the fact that even a modest exercise program of walking, aquatics or cycling will improve the quality of life for older individuals.

Do you have any suggestions of how to incorporate physical exercise into an active lifestyle?
How can you make physical activity part of a productive retirement?

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