Exercise keeps dementia at bay

From ABC Science online, 3 September 2008:
Regular exercise in old age not only reduces the risk of physical problems such as heart disease and hip fractures, Australian researchers have found it may also slow down memory loss as we age.
A study of physical activity in patients with early memory problems found 150 minutes of walking per week led to improvements in memory, language and visual skills, as well as giving patients a boost to their confidence.
The results of the study, published in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggest that physical activity could be more effective in improving memory and mental function than drugs, and without the side effects. Read more.

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