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Exercise & Dementia

Dementia is the loss of mental abilities over time. It is often severe enough to interfere with a person’s ability to perform daily activities. People with dementia may have trouble learning new things and remembering names, and may have changes in behaviour. A growing body of research shows that cardiovascular exercise may help delay the loss of functional independence anddementia (Ahiskog et al. 2011). Ahiskog and colleagues found that the brain’s cognitive networks display improved functionality after 6-12 months of consistent cardiovascular exercise.
The same researchers suggest that approximately 150 minutes per week of cardiovascular exercise in 20-30 minute bouts at an intensity of 60% of heart rate maximum is sufficient.

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