Doctors: Exercise staves off dementia

11/26/08 Mitch E. Perry
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In the U.S. some five million people have Alzheimer’s disease and 10 million boomers will be at risk for memory problems over their lifetime. Worldwide, more than 100 million people may have Alzheimer’s by the year 2050.

Although there has been tremendous progress in understanding brain changes that accompany aging and dementia, no medications have proven effective for preventing Alzheimer’s to date. According to Scientific American magazine, in recent years, however, more evidence is pointing to a non-medical way to bolster brain health as we age: exercise.

Dan Michel is the founder and CEO of Dakim, which calls itself "brain fitness for seniors." He told WMNF that exercise is definitely one of the best things that people can do to fight off potential dementia.

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