It’s something that I’ve written extensively about on this site and have discussed in detail in my book, Safe 4 Retirement: The 4 Keys to a Safe Retirement – exercise is no longer optional for retirees and it extends your life. Now we’re consistently seeing more and more in the press about how exercise, even doing something as easy as walking, can help to extend life and fight the nasty illnesses that may beset seniors.
Let’s take a look at a section in my book about fighting Alzheimer’s:
“The next question is, are Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia preventable? Some studies show that, yes, to a certain degree there are things we can do to reduce the likelihood of having these diseases. Based on the above symptoms and statistics, it’s best to start applying these concepts pronto. Fortunately, they’re easy to do and actually fun. The standard recommendations are the following:
Be physically active. Exercise gets the entire body working better, which in turn affects the mind. Chemicals are released and blood flow and oxygen intake are enhanced. Make exercise part of your daily life.
Be mentally active. The brain deteriorates without use just like other parts of our bodies. Read, do crosswords, learn a language, take up a musical instrument. Do something to stretch your mind and memory every single day.
Be socially active. Social activity stimulates the mind and body, reduces stress, and creates a feeling of purpose and involvement. These are all good for the mind.
Reduce stress. The link between stress and the release of bad chemicals within the body is becoming stronger. We can literally think ourselves into being sick. Find the sources of stress in your life and give them the boot.
Eat right. Studies have shown a link between bad cholesterol (LDL) and dementia. Conversely, some foods are considered to be “brain healthy.” The more we eat of these the better our mind and body function.
Yes, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are more and more common. But, no, it isn’t hopeless. There are things you can do to reduce your risk of acquiring this disease and the medical world is fast learning more about what to do to prevent and cure it.”
The point about being physically active is being reinforced by a piece in the New York Times, which states,
“Alzheimer’s disease, with its inexorable loss of memory and self, understandably alarms most of us. This is especially so since, at the moment, there are no cures for the condition and few promising drug treatments. But a cautiously encouraging new study from The Archives of Neurology suggests that for some people, a daily walk or jog could alter the risk of developing Alzheimer’s or change the course of the disease if it begins.”
Please read the full text of this article by Gretchen Reynolds at the link below and we’d love your comments.