Alzheimer’s disease is the most significant health challenge faced by our nation today, and California is home to more people with Alzheimer’s disease than any other state. California is also poised to make critical breakthroughs in solving the Alzheimer’s crisis.
“…we are looking to determine in a scientific way, if someone comes to a doctor with the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease, whether the doctor can write on a prescription pad, ‘Exercise, three times a week.'”
Meet the EXERT Study Research Team at the Yale Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in this New Haven Register article about the clinical trial
“There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but a new nationwide study, involving the Yale School of Medicine and the YMCAs in Milford and Fairfield, is investigating whether simple exercise can slow the inevitable onset of symptoms.”
For some people with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, frequent, brisk walks may help to bolster physical abilities and slow memory loss, according to one of the first studies of physical activity as an experimental treatment for dementia.
EXERT Study investigator Sid O’Bryant, MD, from the University of North Texas Health Sciences in Fort Worth, writes about an RX for exercise in the Star-Telegram
As an Alzheimer’s disease researcher at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, I know that regular exercise is important, not just for weight control and cardiovascular health, but also for brain health.
Exercise makes changes in the brain that could potentially help people with memory loss. “Regular aerobic exercise could be a fountain of youth for the brain,” said Laura Baker of the Wake Forest School of Medicine.
Recent studies have revealed new understanding of age-related brain changes, as well as lifestyle factors related to sleep, exercise, and nutrition that may delay or prevent these changes. Carl Cotman discusses Alzheimer’s research regarding exercise as the number one modifiable risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.
Regular exercise may be the best medicine for seniors facing the onset of dementia, according to three new clinical trials. Physical activity improved mood, memory and ability to think for participants in all three studies.