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A Walk a Day Keeps the Doctor Away: The Benefits of Walking and Alzheimer's




We all know the importance of exercise and living a healthy lifestyle -- and that’s especially true for those living with Alzheimer’s, as well as those at risk for the disease. Researchers have found that three-quarters of a mile each day of walking, just six miles per week, will slow the progression of Alzheimer’s. For those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, including mild cognitive impairment (MCI), walking can help to slow the denegation of the brain and the process of memory loss process.
“All of the recent research indicates that in cognitively normal adults, walking just six miles a week, that’s less than a mile each day, correlates with a 50 percent reduction in the risk of Alzheimer’s, as well as a 50 percent decline in brain atrophy and cognitive impairment,” says Louise Weadock, CNO/CEO of ACCESS Nursing Services. “Along with a plethora of other benefits, this is one reason we strongly encourage all of our patients, regardless of age, to exercise or do something active every day.”

Make it Fun, Get Into a Routine
A great motivator for getting into a daily walking routine is to make it fun. Grab a friend and head out for a brisk walk. After 15 minutes, you’ll feel better and you’ll be doing something beneficial for your health and mind. The benefits of walking far outweigh the effort. Even with just a short amount of physical activity, your heart will pump more oxygen, nutrients and proteins, thus boosting brain cell function. In addition, exercise is known to elevate your mood and reduce stress. So, enjoy an easy walk with a friend, along with some stimulating conversation, and you’ll be helping your brain cells to get the exercise they need too!

For more information and tips about preventing and living with Alzheimer’s disease contact ACCESS Nursing Services is the leading regional provider of healthcare personnel to individual patients and prestigious healthcare systems throughout New York, New Jersey and Maryland including five city-center offices and seven hospital-based offices employing more than 2,000 caregivers.

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