Can Cognitive Training Help People Avoid Dementia?

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The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has updated the care terms for individuals who suffer with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Dementia.  The panel has changed their approach after considering recent studies that are published in the evidence-based journal, Neurology. Essentially, the studies indicate that there is no significant advantage to increases of medication, but there is an advantage to regular exercise training.

Upon considering this research, the panel of AAN, along with the Alzheimer’s’ Association agree that MCI can be managed or reversed with early intervention and exercise seems to be the best solution.  It’s true that MCI can lead to dementia and Alzheimer’s. Consider the following statistics:

  • 1 year following signs of MCI, individuals have a 7.5% chance of developing dementia
  • 3 years following signs of MCI, individuals have a 20% chance of developing dementia

However, individuals can turn back the clock and improve their cognitive ability with the right tools. The study has shown that individuals who exercised twice per week for six months improved their memory and overall cognitive ability.

Staying Physically Active Could Reduce Chances of Dementia

Because Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are often preceded by MCI, the idea is to manage the symptoms of cognitive issues such as memory loss or difficulty completing mental tasks before they develop into a more serious issue.

Tips to Reduce the Risk of Dementia

  1. Regular cardio exercise
  2. Education, take a class and learn something new
  3. Eating a balanced and healthy diet
  4. Be socially engaged
  5. Maintain good cardiovascular health
  6. Challenging brain games

How SMARTfit Can Help

SMARTfit is a solution. We are dedicated to helping seniors establish a physical routine that works for them. We have special designed options with mature users in mind.  Our programs are ability-based so that individuals can reach their goals at their own pace and comfort level. All of our options include programming that concurrently triggers cognitive, sensory and motor pathways that build and strengthen cognitive ability. All of our programs are fun, enjoyable, and are designed with safety in mind. We want to help the senior population stay fit while simultaneously improving their cognitive abilities.   For more information, contact us at 1-800-900-8542 x 110

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