Longevity Exercise Physiology Drummoyne,EdgecliffMarrickville,Bella Vista, Randwick, Lindfield and Balmain take a look at the benefits of exercise on Dementia.

With inauguration only months away and significant question and concern surrounding future president Joe Biden’s clarity, struggle to follow a conversation, loss of words and apparently difficulty to concentrate, we should all hope for the best clinical outcome for Mr. Biden’s mental status over the next 4 years. As the body of research around the role of exercising to improve health span grows, the number of conditions and illnesses that can be treated and prevented through exercise continues to expand. A developing area of literature is highlighting the role exercise can play in preventing and treating dementia related disorders.

Here are 5 pieces of evidence to support exercise for Joe Biden to slow his decline to be the best president he can be:

  1. A study of 716 elderly people, reported by the Alzheimer’s society, showed those in the bottom 10 percent of daily physical activity were 2x more likely to develop Alzheimer’s as those in the top 10 percent
  1. 20-30 minutes of daily aerobic activity has been consistently shown to grow the hippocampus, the area of the brain devoted to long term memory, in the elderly.
  1. A meta-analysis of exercise training for elderly suffering from dementia showed not only improvements in physical fitness, but improvements in cognitive ability as well! (Karssemeijer et al., 2017)
  1. A combined resistance and aerobic training program lasting 30-60 minutes per day, 2-3 times per week, improved cognitive and functional activity scores (Kwak, Um, Son and Kim, 2008)
  1. Evidence had shown that mortality risk increases if you care for someone with dementia, in this case Jill Biden. A study has shown that a home based exercise program for elderly women for a minimum of 4 sessions per week lasting at least 35 minutes per session reduces mortality risk. This will help her care for future president Biden to support him during his presidency. (Castro et al., 2002)

Mr. Biden has a long road ahead of him, with 4 years of difficult decisions surrounding COVID-19, race relations, domestic terrorism and an economy hoping to rebound. With a regular exercise program, he reduces his risk of developing more severe age related dementia symptoms.

 

 Written By Mitchell Hooper

Mitchell-Hooper

 

 References:

Castro, C., Wilcox, S., O’Sullivan, P., Baumann, K. and King, A., 2002. An Exercise Program for Women Who Are Caring for Relatives With Dementia. Psychosomatic Medicine, 64(3), pp.458-468.

Karssemeijer, E., Aaronson, J., Bossers, W., Smits, T., Olde Rikkert, M. and Kessels, R., 2017. Positive effects of combined cognitive and physical exercise training on cognitive function in older adults with mild cognitive impairment or dementia: A meta-analysis. Ageing Research Reviews, 40, pp.75-83.

Kwak, Y., Um, S., Son, T. and Kim, D., 2008. Effect of Regular Exercise on Senile Dementia Patients. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 29(6), pp.471-474.