There’s been some good news in the fight against Alzheimer’s and Dementia this week, as a recent study showed that the number of cases of Alzheimer’s in the United States has declined recently. And there’s been more good news as well, as a study published shortly after these recent findings showed that adopting a healthy lifestyle even into our later years may help safeguard our memory.
“This is the first study to definitively show that changing your lifestyle will reduce your risk for cognitive decline,” said Keith Fargo, director of scientific programs and outreach for the Alzheimer’s Association.
The study followed 1260 people, ages 60-77, with half the study group receiving nutritional guidance, brain game training, involvement in social activities, and heart health management advice; while the other half received normal health advice.
After two years, the group that received additional education and brain stimulation performed better on memory and brain tests than those who did not. Showing that keeping the mind active, at no matter what age we are, is important to maintaining a healthy mind.
The results of the test are also in line with other studies that have come out in the past few years that show bettering your diet, exercise habits, and mental stimulation can help improve your health as you age.
While researchers point out that the study seems to show that more exercise and brain stimulation are helpful in staying healthy as we get older, it can’t totally eliminate the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s as we get older.
Still, though, it appears that better exercise and mental stimulation is something we should all try to improve in our daily lives.
Have a great weekend,
Your Friends at Alliance Home Health Care