With Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia already affecting more than 5 million senior adults in the U.S., the need for interventions that promote brain health has never been greater.
The good news, according to the Alzheimer’s Association®, is that there is growing evidence that shows that older Americans can maintain brain function and memory by adopting healthy lifestyle habits. And one of the easiest and most effective of these lifestyle habits is exercise.
The popular physical fitness adage, “Use it or lose it,” seems to apply equally well to the “gray matter” between our ears. According to reports from credible sources, such as the Alzheimer’s Association, the Mayo Clinic and the National Institute of Health, regular activities that stimulate the brain and “give it a workout” have proven beneficial in maintaining mental acuity as we age and potentially preventing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.