Dementia & Staying Fit

Well, it seems my mom was right all along. The woman loves to exercise. She loves going for a good walk, dancing or taking an aerobics class at her adult day care center.

Looks like there are some benefits besides the usual keeping her blood pressure in check. From Reuters:

Regular exercise good for dementia patients: study

By Joene Hendry

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Regular daily exercise benefits elderly women with dementia and these benefits appear to accrue over time, researchers from the Republic of Korea report.

Dr. Yi-Sub Kwak, assistant professor of sports medicine at Dong-Eui University in Busan, and colleagues compared daily functioning as well as mental and physical abilities of 30 women with senile dementia before and after half participated in a regular exercise program.

Their findings, reported in the International Journal of Sports Medicine, suggest “regular exercise improves the mental and physical health in senile dementia,” Kwak told Reuters Health.

You can read the rest of the story here.

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