Physical exercise plays a significant role in defense against Alzheimer’s disease, according to an article from Biomedical Reports
. Aging is a cognitive impairment risk factor, but aerobic and other physical exercise and activities decrease risks that often accompany diseases affecting the brain. Those factors include: obesity, hypertension leading to stroke, and diabetes.
There’s no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but physical activity is beneficial to people with dementia or who are at risk of the neurological disorder. Physical activity addresses obesity, which is tied to both diabetes and hypertension.
Why seniors don’t exercise
The average age that patients are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease is greater than 65. Unfortunately, this is also the segment of the population that fails to exercise regularly.
By age 75, 1 in 3 men and 1 in 2 women do not engage in any form of physical activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
A better way
Melissa Cianfrini, owner of Feel Better Fitness
, has insight into why seniors don’t exercise. As a certified fitness instructor, Cianfrini saw a lack of standard personalized training and group fitness instruction for seniors with joint health conditions and other specialized needs, like Alzheimer’s disease.
Seniors may recognize the necessity of physical exercise, but are hindered by issues that younger people don’t experience in a standard exercise class. The lack of personalized connection fo