Exercise, the Best RX for Dementia Patients!

Dementia is one of the biggest fears among the aging population and for some, it is a harsh reality. As we grow old, we slowly lose our memory capability, but to those suffering from dementia, they lose their memory capability at a much faster pace.

As many of us know, exercise can do a lot of great things for the body, but what we often forget about it is how exercise improves our minds. We feel more energetic and have a clear, positive mindset after a great work out. What if exercise could actually improve the memory function of those suffering from Dementia? Recent studies tell us that it can!

Dr. J Carson Smith, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, believes he’s getting pretty close to a cure for dementia. His secret to providing hope to those suffering...moderate exercise!

Dr. Smith’s study included two groups of physically inactive older adults ranging from 60-88 years old, one group suffered with Mild Cognitive Impairment, the second group were adults with healthy active brains. They were put on a 12 week exercise program that focused on regular treadmill walking and were guided by a personal trainer. Both improved cardiovascular fitness by 10 percent and best of all, both improved their memory performance and showed enhanced neural efficiency while engaged in memory retrieval tasks. Exercise may in fact reduce the need for over-activation of the brain to correctly remember something. This is also encouraging news for those trying to preserve brain function.

Smith states that “People with Moderate Cognitive Impairment are on a very sharp decline with their memory function, so being able to improve their recall is a very big step in the right direction”.

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"Exercise may be best medicine for Alzheimer's disease." ScienceDaily, your source for the latest research news. Science Daily, 13 Jul 2013. Web. 13 Aug 2013. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130730123249.htm