Twelve percent of seniors over age 65 have some form of dementia – the most common being Alzheimerâ€™s disease. By age 85, the percentage rises to 50%. Mental decline is not inevitable as we age, however.
A new study, led by Dr. Eric Larson, has discovered that elders who continue to maintain their physical fitness are far less likely to succumb to Alzheimerâ€™s or other forms of mental debility. In following 2,288 seniors aged 65 and older, researchers found that loss of strength and balance preceded a loss of mental abilities.
This follows previous reports that demonstrated that those who continued to exercise as they aged had a lower probability of developing dementia. Dr. Larson and his team suggest that elders may be able to stave off mental decline by taking part in regular exercise.
If you or a loved one is unable to participate in traditional forms of exercise, there is an alternative. Chi Machines offer a highly effective form of passive aerobic exercise. The gentle â€œfishtailâ€ motion of the unit stimulates your metabolism, increases circulation and also enhances cellular regeneration.