A new study published in the online issue of Neurology® (10/13/10), the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, shows that walking at least six miles a day may protect brain health as individuals age.
The 13-year study, examining 299 cognitively healthy adults, found that those who walked the most reduced their risk of developing memory problems. The authors concluded that walking may protect brain size over time, in turn preserving memory and overall brain health.
You may view the full study article, here.
Incorporating exercise into a memory support program
My company, Senior Living Residences follows the latest research findings on exercise and cognitive health. Exercise and physical activity is one of the cornerstones of our Compass Memory Support Treatment Program, which we just launched last year for residents with dementia living in our memory support neighborhoods. Residents participate in an exercise program designed by graduate students from Tufts University’s Boston School of Occupational Therapy. They also participate in walking groups, attend cardio and strength training classes, and practice yoga and tai chi.
The other components of our Compass Program include brain healthy nutrition, a structured daily therapeutic program of enrichment activities, consultations with experts at the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center (our affiliated partner), and more.
In combination, the research-based programs available for residents living in our Compass Memory Support Neighborhoods® work to treat the symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and potentially slow their progression.
Experts say it’s never too late to start reaping the benefits of even moderate exercise
Here are some suggestions: