In a recent article in the Fairfax press, I was discussing the various ways of maintaining brain health through lifestyle changes. These include exercise, diet and brain training.
As our population ages, this is becoming increasingly important. A few simple changes could mean a great deal in older age…
If you aren’t exercising, “start low and build up. You’ve got to start somewhere. The fitter you are in middle age, the less and later you will get dementia”.
He referred to a Swedish study that followed 1,462 women for 44 years, where a high level of cardiovascular fitness in middle-age reduced dementia risk by 88 per cent. Women who were highly fit at middle-age but who still developed dementia did so 11 years later (at age 90) than the women who were moderately fit at middle-age.