When people joke about having short-term memory loss, it’s not a joke to be taken lightly. Having trouble remembering recent events is a common symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. So if you or anyone you know have short-term memory loss, it is time to start exercising. Up to till, there has not been a cure for Alzheimer’s. Therefore, the next best move would be to prevent it.
According to an article in Science Daily, a study led by UBC’s Okanagan campus has shown that by exercising, you will be able to both prevent and manage Alzheimer’s. The study reviewed the data of more than 150 articles the impact that exercising can have on people with Alzheimer’s.
At the end of the study, it shows that by exercising, older people with Alzheimer’s can improve their daily living and mobility, as well as their general cognition and balance. The study shows that the older people who are active and did not have Alzheimer’s are less likely to develop it than those who remain inactive.
“After evaluating all the research available, our panel agrees that physical activity is a practical, economical and accessible intervention for both the prevention and management of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.” says study first author Kathleen Martin Ginis, professor in UBC Okanagan’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences.
Exercising has known to provide both mental and physical benefits to our mind and body, but with this new research, we know that exercising might be a potential cure for Alzheimer’s disease.
Besides being a good platform to encourage the younger generation of people to start exercising in order to prevent Alzheimer’s, it is also a good way to encourage the older people to get some physical activity in, which will help them manage their Alzheimer’s and stop the condition from deteriorating.
“Now we have the tool to promote the protective benefit of physical activity to older adults. I’m hopeful this will move the needle on this major health concern,” says Martin Ginis.
If you hear someone saying that they have short-term memory loss, ask them to go exercise, even if it is not Alzheimer’s, it is still good for their mind and body.