Walking may prevent Alzheimer’s
October 15, 2010
A 13-year study supported by the U.S. National Institute on Aging that assessed 300 healthy participants from 1995 to 2008 has concluded that a regular routine of walking may actually prevent the development of Alzheimer's with age, according to RedOrbit.com.
The findings were determined after researchers studied the regular walking logs and conducting neurological tests on the participants in 1995, 2004 and 2008.
While every individual began the testing with no signs of dementia, those who maintained an active walking schedule were found to have cut their chance of developing the disease in half.
"Our results should encourage well-designed trials of physical exercise in older adults as a promising approach for preventing dementia and Alzheimer's disease," Dr Kirk Erickson, the leader of the study, told the news provider.
MSN claims that regular walking has other benefits – it has been shown to increase balance, which, in turn, can prevent falls that could result in injury.
Those who are concerned about living safely and independently at home may also want to consider a senior alert system, which is a medical alarm that can be used to immediately contact friends, family or doctors in the case of an emergency.