Reuters news ran this story: “Regular, moderate exercise may help improve memory in older people and delay the onset of dementia, a study in Australia shows.” The Mayo Clinic concurs. Research continues to point to meaningful benefits in delaying the onset of dementia even in “older adults with subjective and objective mild cognitive impairment.” An Australian study of 170 persons aged 50 or older lasted six months; the good news is, the benefits were still apparent a year after the intervention.
This link takes you to a similar entry at the New York Times blog on wellness, discussing claims that walking may lower the risk of dementia. I recommend looking at this article mainly for the reader comments appended at the end, which include several useful distinctions (for example between vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s) made by physicians.
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