The journal Neurology recently published results from a study that a higher level of activity is linked to a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, even in people over eighty years old. What makes this study different is the belief that an increased level of physical activity… not just exercising is associated to a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. While very old individuals may not be able to take part in a fitness program, “protective” activities such as washing dishes, cleaning or playing cards can make a difference.
Of the 716 study participants, 71 developed Alzheimer’s during the four year study at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Participants who scored in the bottom 10% of physical activity were more than twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s. Lead author Dr. Aron Buchman sees the implications as “astounding.” “Exercise is good, without a doubt, but this study is about more than exercise. Older people who might not be able to exercise can tailor activities that are right for them.”