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Exercise for Alzheimer’s Disease

Exercise for Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease where brain cells are
progressively destroyed over time. This results in a loss of cognitive, memory
and physical function as well as a decline in quality of life.
Evidence shows that the main reason for the increase in the disease’s
incidence is the ageing population and post-war increase in birth rates.
How does exercise benefit those with Alzheimer’s disease?
The main risk factor for the disease is heavily associated with a reduced
amount of physical activity giving the impression that exercise can help
prevent or delay Alzheimer’s. Other non-modifiable risk factors include:
 Age
 Gender - Evidence says that women are more likely to end up with the
disease
 Family history
The main benefits of exercise for this condition include:
 Slowing down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in those with mild
to moderate cognitive impairment
 Improving both physical and mental function
 Slowing or even reversing the effects of muscle wasting associated with
advanced Alzheimer’s
 Improving depression in those with the disease
 Reducing issues with behaviour in people with advanced Alzheimer’s
Evidence shows that starting and maintain an exercise program is correlated
with lessened levels of beta amyloid. This is a protein that establishes plaques
on the brain and is seemed to be the main cause of Alzheimer’s disease.