The August issue of the Harvard Health Letter includes a news brief about the benefits of regular exercise for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Here’s an excerpt on the finding of Finnish researchers that was first published in May in JAMA Internal Medicine:
“People with Alzheimer’s who took part in one hour of supervised exercise twice a week, either privately in the home or in a group setting, had slower deterioration in physical functioning than people with Alzheimer’s who didn’t exercise. Participation had to last at least one year to be effective.
“Alzheimer’s patients who exercised also had far fewer incidences of falls that htose who did not exercise, and lower overall health care costs for the year. It’s useful information if you’re a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s But it’s also a good reminder of the importance of maintaining physical fitness in good health as well, so that you can stay active and protect your mobility and independence.”
In the same issue, another news item taken from the May issue of Neurology notes that expore to pesticide may increase the risk for Parkinson’s disease. Researchers examined more than 100 worldwide studies and found exposure to bug and weed killers was associated with a 33% to 80% increase in the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.