PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FOR MANY 65 AND OVER CAN WARD OFF ALZHEIMER'S SAYS UPCOMING REPORT

Mar 07, 2013

By Michael Kramer

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If you are over 65 you should make physical  activity a part of your life – to ward off Alzheimer’s.

That’s the core finding in a  report coming out tomorrow from the Ontario Brain Institute.

Our news department has advance highlights from the Institute and they confirm that exercise reduces both the onset and the devastation of Alzheimer’s disease.

And the report  offers new insight into specific benefits –

It says if  you’re over 65 and don’t have Alzheimer’s and you are  very physically active – you are an astounding 38% less likely to develop this irreversible disease than Canadians over 65 who are described as “inactive” or sedentary.

What’s more, if every inactive adult over 65 became physically active, more than one in seven cases of Alzheimer’s in Ontario could be entirely prevented.

But The Brain Institute  says  even if you do have Alzheimer’s physical activity will improve your quality of life, your activities of daily living and reduce your chances of being depressed.

Over half a million Canadians suffered from Alzheimer’s in 2011 – which cost the health care system over $15 billion.

Here in Ontario overall advance costs of  Alzheimer’s are estimated to be as high as $153 billion a year – by 2038.

The Ontario government recently committed $100 million to the Brain Institute for research.

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