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Why exercise is the best medicine for your brain

May 18, 2017

Originally published in the LA Times. Given time, any brain can succumb to dementia — memories fade, thoughts scatter, basic abilities wither on the vine. Brains don’t come with lifetime guarantees, but there is one major step you can take to protect yourself from Alzheimer’s or other causes of mental decline: exercise your body. Nothing protects the brain quite like regular exercise, says Jennifer Heisz, a cognitive neuroscientist at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Not crossword puzzles, not supplements, not prescription medications. Exercise seems to beat them all, reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease or cognitive decline by about 35% to 45%, according to the latest evidence. “It’s a strong message,” Heisz says. “We … Read more

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Falls take a rising toll on elderly brains

March 16, 2017

Originally published by CBC What may seem like a mild initial fall may cause concussions or other problems Elderly people are suffering concussions and other brain injuries from falls at what appear to be unprecedented rates, according to a new report from U.S. government researchers. The reason for the increase isn’t clear, the report’s authors said. But one likely factor is that a growing number of elderly people are living at home and taking repeated tumbles, said one expert. “Many older adults are afraid their independence will be taken away if they admit to falling, and so they minimize it,” said Dr. Lauren Southerland, an Ohio State University emergency physician … Read more

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‘To Fall or Not to Fall’: Exercises help seniors avoid falls

December 7, 2016

Originally published by CBC. Falls account for 85 per cent of injury-related hospitalizations for seniors each year in Canada. There is no better season than that of ice sidewalks and slippery pavement to get a receptive audience on how to prevent falls. That is exactly what Alina Cress hopes, as she targets the over-65 crowd to beef up their strength and balance to help prevent falls. Each year in Canada, falls account for about 85 per cent of injury hospitalizations for seniors. The top three reasons are: walking, walking on ice, and going up or down stairs, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. Alina Cress is the program co-ordinator … Read more

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Exercise Helps Slow Down Memory Decline

October 19, 2016

Originally published in Time Magazine. A simple walking regimen can slow memory decline in people who already have cognitive problems, a new study suggests One of the most feared diseases among Americans is Alzheimer’s, according to surveys. It’s also one of the most mysterious. Despite some promising developments in drugs that may one day treat or slow the development of the disease, there’s not yet a sound way to successfully treat it. One active area of research into dementia, however, doesn’t involve drugs at all—it involves exercise. In a small new study published in the journal Neurology, a walking program was shown to help elderly people who have early cognitive … Read more

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