Dementia negatively impacts memory, thinking, language, judgment and behavior. Currently, it affects over 35 million all over the world and unfortunately, this number is expected to double by 2030. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and causes dementia symptoms to gradually worsen over time. There currently is no cure for Alzheimer’s, but luckily, treatments are available that help slow Alzheimer’s progression. We can also take comfort knowing experts are continuously researching ways to combat this devastating disease.
One way that adults with Alzheimer’s can slow the disease’s effects is through exercise. Why? Exercise helps preserve gray matter in the brain, which is crucial to brain health – the greater the gray matter volume, the healthier the brain. This discovery was reported in a new study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.