Even a Little Exercise May Help Stave Off Dementia

Senior couple doing their running exercises.You don’t need intensive physical activity to reduce the risk of dementia. The findings of a new study show that seniors who engage in little or no exercise are at a 50 percent greater risk of getting dementia compared to those regularly exercise.

Key takeaways:

  • Even moderate amounts of physical activity such as gardening, ballroom dancing, brisk walking, and cycling at less than 10 miles an hour will be enough.
  • Seniors should know that it is never too late to exercise.
  • Physical exercise helps to slow down the shrinkage of the brain, increases the density of connections between neurons, and promotes secretion of helpful brain chemicals such as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF).

Tan said. “These patients derive the most benefit from exercise because they are the ones who are at the age of greatest risk for dementia.”

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