Function & Purpose: Physical Activities and Your Brain Cells

Two seniors exercising in the gymBetter prepare your grandparents for this good news because studies discovered that being more active lowers the chances of developing dementia. Legacy Village of Provo noted that some findings disclosed that it’s not how much, but how many exercises they participate in that lower the risk and improve memory care in Orem and other parts of Utah.

What’s the Secret?

Researchers reveal that the secret is to get involved in an array of activities, ranging from household chores to gardening and even simply walking. They analyzed over 3,300 participants aged 65 and above to do different activities, such as jogging aerobics, golfing, bowling, yard work, hiking, household chores, dancing, and walking.

Compared to the individuals who just performed one activity or no activity at all:

  • Participants involved in two or three activities had a lowered risk of developing dementia by nearly 10 percent.
  • Others who performed four or more activities had a reduced risk of about 40 percent.
  • An overwhelmingly increasing body of proof backs up the notion that physical activity can help sustain mental and memory function. Based on the researchers, participating in activities could:

    • Discharge hormones that enhance nerve cell creation and nerve connections in the brain.
    • Reduce factors that cause heart disease, like blood pressure and cholesterol. This could assist in preserving mental function and nerve cells in the brain.
    • Be open to a more developed social setting. Previous studies learned that those who take part in more social activities have fewer chances of developing Alzheimer’s.

Should You Be Alarmed?

The Alzheimer’s Association calculates that around 4.5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. They even note that since 1980, this amount has doubled. What’s worse is that they expect this to increase considerably as the American population ages.

It will depend on the individuals themselves, their families and health care professionals to get them out of that memory slump. As long as you explain the benefits of physical activities to them, they will most likely be willing to place themselves in more vigorous situations.

It’s not yet too late. Get started today by finding a facility that can promote activity to your elderly loved ones.