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Quick Alzheimer's Prevention Pearl: Can a Daily Walk Promote Brain Health?

  AD Wisdom Pearl #1

Exercise and other types of physical activities have very positive effects on overall health (such as cardiovascular health, preventing obesity and more).  Epidemiological studies have shown that physical exercise may also play a role in reducing the risk for Alzheimer’s disease as well as age related cognitive decline.

There have been many research studies on the effectiveness of physical exercise on brain health.  One 12-month study involving older adults (ages 65 and over) who worked out daily, concluded that exercise can stimulate the human brain’s ability to maintain old network connections and make new ones that are vital to healthy cognitive functioning.  Participants in one study who walked for 40 minutes daily showed improvement in the region of the brain involved in recalling past events and visualizing the future.  The group in the study that walked daily also exhibited an improvement in executive functioning and the ability to organize and plan tasks like cooking a meal.

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