The natural option to reduce your chances of cognitive decline from Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia is exercise.
https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-news/study-exercise-memory-loss-alzheimers/2021/05/13/id/1021255/. Arizona State University conducted a study at the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Nearly one hundred people were divided into two groups. One half did stretching exercises, and the other half rode a stationary bike. The sessions were twenty minutes, and the study lasted six months.
The study used the Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale-Cognition scale (https://www.verywellhealth.com/alzheimers-disease-assessment-scale-98625) that tests word recall, following command, comprehension, language, word recognition, and more. The two exercise groups had a less cognitive decline than people who did not exercise at all.
Details of Study
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/ip-nrf022621.php. Both groups showed nearly equal measurements when compared to each other. Stretching was slightly lower than aerobic exercise. Both types of exercise were less than 50% lower compared to non-exercising people.
The study concluded that six months of exercise could reduce cognitive decline compared to those choosing not to exercise.
https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/facts-figures. Over six million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. It is expected to double in the next thirty years. Dementia affects one-third of older adults. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/regular-exercise-changes-brain-improve-memory-thinking-skills-201404097110. We have all been exposed to Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. A person can live for many years with cognitive decline. Their health may remain stable, and their memory fades to where they cannot recognize anyone.
Twenty minutes is a relatively short time when planned appropriately. You do not have to drive to the gym to do most exercises. Walking can be done almost anywhere. Stretching, balance, and body-weight training can be done at home easily.
I had a knee operation, a repair of a torn meniscus, before our COVID-intermission. I hobbled along for a while, walking nearly three miles daily until the surgery. My physical rehab went exceptionally well for a person over 70 years of age.
However, when I started testing one leg against the other, I found that I had lost significant balance and strength comparing the two legs. Even though I had been walking daily, I emphasized my good leg to compensate for the injured leg.
It astonished me to find that level of loss in such a short time. What level? I was routinely doing 270 lbs. on a leg press with both legs before surgery. After surgery, I could do over 200 lbs. with my good leg and less than 25 lbs. with my other leg.
I could not stand on my injured leg for more than five seconds two weeks after rehab and could easily stand on my good leg for two minutes or longer. It took me almost a month of concentrated exercises on my bad leg to gain over a minute of balance and 100 lbs. of leg strength.
Why am I going into detail about my plight? Because when you snooze, you lose! When we sit on couches watching television or performing other activities that please the mind over our bodies, we are gradually priming ourselves of a life limited by mental or physical constraints.
When I do not write something down, it generally does not happen. I want to get things done, but I do not prioritize them correctly in writing. Even written down, things may not happen. I can attest to many ‘to-do’ lists with unchecked items.
Walk for five minutes daily and then gradually add another minute or two after a week. Establish a habit of doing something to improve your body and mind for the future. Body-weight exercises do not require you to go to the gym. (https://www.self.com/gallery/bodyweight-exercises-you-can-do-at-home)
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