It’s estimated that the number of people living with dementia may triple by 2050. This staggering projection will see the rise in caregiver cost and a loss of independence for too many. But there may be good news: evidence suggests that regular physical activity may reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. A healthy diet, lifelong learning, cognitive training, and management of cardiovascular risk factors (diabetes, obesity, smoking, and hypertension) may also reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
To increase brain resilience, the best combination is simultaneously engaging physical and cognitive activity. This can be achieved by exercising in a rich sensorimotor environment (like a group functional training class) that includes new experience and social interaction.
We see these positive results play out at our medical fitness centers with programs that combine exercise and cognitive challenges for patients with Parkinson’s and Alzheimers. By partnering with physicians and tracking patient results, we’re thrilled to make an impact in enhancing wellness in their lives!
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To read more about the scientific evidence referenced above, please review this MedFit Network article.