Can Aerobic Exercise Delay the Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease?

By RetireMEDiQ

What is Alzheimer’s?

The Alzheimer’s Association defines Alzheimer’s as “a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.”

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease and is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases.

The Effects of Exercise in Delaying Alzheimer’s

There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, but many scientists believe that rather than curing Alzheimer’s, the best chance we have to make a difference with this disease is to delay its onset.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that individuals over the age of 65 engage in 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic exercise each week to delay dementia. Another study corroborates the benefits of exercise and showed that older adults who engage in any physical activity demonstrate better cognitive function than those who do not exercise at all. And in individuals who are at risk of or have Alzheimer’s disease, exercising can delay their decline in cognitive function.

An additional study that was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society showed that engaging in aerobic activities like walking and running may be three times more effective in delaying the risk of Alzheimer’s disease than combining aerobic exercise with other forms of exercise like strength training.

RetireMEDiQ is Proud to Support the Alzheimer’s Association

RetireMEDiQ is proud to support the Alzheimer’s Association in various efforts throughout the year. For the past four years, employees from our Cincinnati and Dayton offices have participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and in  2018 our team donated all raised funds to the Alzheimer’s Association. Interested in donating to our 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s team page? You can do so here.

You can learn more about Alzheimer’s on the Alzheimer’s Association’s website. Learn about the services and programs offered near you, such as support groups and educational workshops here.

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