Regarding Dementia, Exercise is Medicine

Overall Conclusions

From presentation by Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, PT, PhD, UBC

 

  • Physical activity is a legitimate medical therapy for dementia prevention.
  • Physical activity benefits exceed those of pharmaceutical agents.
  •  Moderate physical activity is beneficial for cognitive and brain health, even among those at greater risk for dementia.
  • Starting to exercise in late life is not futile:  Even those sedentary can improve function.

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Facts:

  • No effective pharmaceutical approach is currently available for dementia.
  • Walking 2 times around a standard track in 15 minutes per day can be neuroprotective!
  • Benefits were not restricted to those at the highest level of physical activity.


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