Reducing your risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other mental impairments due to aging may be as easy as gout out for regular walks according to the NY Times. Physical activuty can keep you mentally fit in your later years.
A new study of Octogenarians from Chicago offers some clues to why movement and walking rather than sitting improve the way our immune cells work. The study involved autopsies of people and found that when we move our bodies, we enhance how our minds work.
While it is not fully understood how this occurs or why, science shows us that movement is important for us to not only stay physically healthier but also mentally healthier as well. Check out the article below
How Staying Physically Active May Protect the Aging Brain
Simple activities like walking boost immune cells in the brain that may help to keep memory sharp and even ward off Alzheimer’s disease.
By Gretchen Reynolds Published Dec. 1, 2021
Staying physically active as we age substantially drops our risk of developing dementia during our lifetimes, and it doesn’t require prolonged exercise. Walking or moving about, rather than sitting, may be all it takes to help bolster the brain, and a new study of octogenarians from Chicago may help to explain why.
The study, which tracked how often older people moved or sat and then looked deep inside their brains after they passed away, found that certain vital immune cells worked differently in the brains of older people who were active compared to their more sedentary peers. Physical activity seemed to influence their brains’ health, their thinking abilities and whether they experienced the memory loss of Alzheimer’s disease. The findings add to growing evidence that when we move our bodies, we change our minds, no matter how advanced our age.