There are several key research goals related to Alzheimer’s Disease (“AD”). One of them is finding ways to prevent or reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer’s. Those providing home health care in Carlsbad and elsewhere are very interested in learning about ways to prevent Alzheimer’s and a recent study published in Neurology has concluded that, “A higher level of total daily physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of AD.”
More Exercise Lowers Risk of Getting Alzheimer’s
The researchers tested whether an objective measure of total daily physical activity could predict the likelihood of AD and cognitive decline. Theytracked the subjects in their study for four years and found that there was a very clear relationship between low levels of daily physical activity and high likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s.
This is important and hopeful news for Seniors and others who have not yet developed AD or other types of memory loss. Regular exercise is already well recognized as be helpful for overall health and the results of this study certainly add to the rationale for maintaining a healthy exercise regimen.
What About Those Who Already Have Alzheimer’s Disease?
What can you do for loved ones who have already developed Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of memory loss or dementia? In some cases, some medications such as Aricept may slow the progression of Alzhiemer’s. However, the most important thing to do is to have your loved one assessed by a competent physician and then follow the expert advice provided by that physician. In some cases, the doctor’s plan of care will include arranging for home health care. In Carlsbad and throughout San Diego County, caregivers from A Servant’s Heart provide caring, consistent and dependable care for homebound clients with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and have been doing so since 2003.