Exercise May Stave Off Alzheimer's Disease
Physical activity may help stave off Alzheimer's disease among people in their 80s. More than 700 older adults (average age: 81) with good cognition at the start of a study were monitored for physical activity. Researchers tracked the participants' mental function over the next four years. The most active participants were half as likely to develop Alzheimer's during this time as the least active, suggesting that exercise keeps the brain humming along.
Source: Neurology, published online April 18, 2012
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