Exercise good for Alzheimer’s patients

Do you know that by exercise, Alzheimer’s patients will enjoy throughout their life?

Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys a person’s memory and ability to learn, reason, make decisions, communicate and carry out daily activities. As Alzheimer’s progresses, the person may experience changes in personality and behavior, as well as delusions or hallucination. The sufferer relies on others for their daily life. It could burden on caregivers and one of the most costly diseases to society.
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Many research have been done but there is no cure for this disease. No available treatment for Alzheimer found to stop this disease. Even though no cure for Alzheimer but exercise can improve a sufferer’s quality of life, for example by giving them the emotional satisfaction of feeling they have accomplished something.

Repetitive exercises (eg: walking, indoor bicycling, and activities such as folding laundry) may decrease anxiety in people with Alzheimer’s disease because they don’t have to make decisions about activity or remember what to do next.


–          20 minutes walking 3 times a week can boost mood, decrease falls, reduce wandering, and delay nursing home placement in people with Alzheimer’s (Mayo Clinic, 2005)


–          70% of people with Alzheimer’s disease also have symptoms of depression. Exercise lessens depression and provides improved physical functioning in patients. (University of Washington, Seattle, US study; 2003)


–          20-30 minutes of exercise, enough to cause breathlessness and sweating, 2 times a week reduces the risk of getting Alzheimer’s by 60% and other type of dementia by 50%; and is especially beneficial for people with the gene apoe4, a known risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. (Karolinska Institute, Sweden study; Lancet neurology, October 2005)


–          A regular 15-minute walk 3 times a week is enough to reduce the risk dementia and Alzheimer’s, even after the age of 65 and even among frailer people. The more frail a person was, the more exercise was likely to help them, US Research suggest.



–          Long-term physical activity enhances the learning ability of mice and decrease the level of plaque-forming beta-amyloid protein fragments – a hallmark characteristic of Alzheimer disease – in their brains (University of California study; Journal of Neuroscience, 27 April 2005)


As a conclusion, exercise could improve Alzheimer patient.  The regular physical exercise is the beast to prevention Alzheimer’s disease today better than medication, supplements, intellectual activity and diet. It could help to slow the development of a key feature of the disease. But that doesn’t mean everyone could avoid Alzheimer by exercise. Always consult to expert if you suspect to get Alzheimer.

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