ElderCarelink Blog

Can elderly exercise stop dementia-related deaths?

by Dorian Martin
March 23rd, 2012 at 1:03 pm

It’s never too late to start exercising. And seniors may want to embrace physical activity in order to maintain their mental capacity (as well as their physical health). Here’s the reason — a new study published in the February 2012 edition of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that those who achieved at least a medium state of fitness were less likely to die from a dementia-related death.

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New study links memory loss, stroke risk in elders

by Dorian Martin
March 20th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

In the past month, I’ve noticed that Dad periodically struggles to complete sentences. He’ll start to voice a comment and then trail off, apparently having difficulty maintaining this train of thought. That’s not like Dad, who has always been sharp. So I’ve asked him to add this concern to the list of health issues he’ll address with his geriatrician during his appointment later today.

Needless to say, part of the reason Dad’s memory difficulty caught my attention is because of Mom’s Alzheimer’s disease, but Dad’s issues don’t seem the same as what she experienced. However, a new study from Harvard University’s School of Public Health makes me wonder whether Dad’s issues may be a warning sign of a potential stroke.

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