Alzheimer’s Disease is one of the pressing problems that drastically reduce mobility among older adults. Worse, the number of older adults with Alzheimer’s is expected to double by 2030 to 80 million. But there is a new study
This new study, unlike other studies previously made, provides accurate and objective information on the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. According to a Dr. Aron Nuchman, researcher and professor of neurological sciences at the Rush University Medical Center, all physical activities are capable of decreasing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
The study was conducted among 716 older adults with an average age of 82 years. The participants were made to wear a non-intrusive actigraph for 10 days. Like a pedometer, the actigraph worn on the wrist measures a person’s daily activity. Aside from wearing an actigraph, the participants also reported their daily social and physical activities. This was done over a period of 3.5 years. After the period, 71 of the participants developed Alzheimer’s disease.
Those who were in the top 10 percentile with regard to the intensity of physical activity were compared to those in the bottom 10 percentile. The results showed that those in the bottom 10 percentile were 2.8 times more likely to have Alzheimer’s compared to those in the top 10 percentile.
What kinds of physical activities were undertaken by those in the top 10 percentile?
After the actigraphs were taken back, the results showed that a broad range of physical activities can help in preventing Alzheimer’s. This includes cooking, playing cards, washing the dishes, or even moving one’s own wheelchair with! Older adults who are no longer able to go to the gym and perform formal exercises may still lead a more active lifestyle and prevent Alzheimer’s.