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Exercise Keeps Your Mind Sharp

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  • My mom has dementia. I had to have her declared incompetent after a neighbor told me she wasn't acting rationally. The next day, I learned from another person that my mom had been to their house skiing for a gun so she could kill my dad. Why they never warned me is beyond belief.

    She has been in a nursing home since. Mostly under control with meds but she still has periods of severe breakdowns where ill get called in to try to calm her.

    So, keep an eye on elderly relatives and neighbors...it could save someone's life. I am so thankful I was able to do something before my dad was fatally harmed. I later learned from him that he was scared of her. He never told...he was 91 and mostly blind and depended on her to drive him places.
  • My Mother has dementia and it is sad to watch her. She is not the same person a few years ago. I workout six days a week I have already lost 28 pounds so far. I watch what I eat everyday I believe a healthier lifestyle is the way to go.
  • VAINVT
    I exercise six days a week and realized that it helped both mind and body. But 2.5 times as likely to get dementia? Wow. What an incentive to keep doing it!
  • I am running FROM ALZ. I started running and keep running to minimize my chances of getting ALZ, like my mother, her sister and my great grandmother.
  • Good advice. I love exercising because I feel so much better. I would like to live as long as the Lord give me and able to take care of myself.
  • KARATE_KID
    Interesting. Of course correlation is not the same as cause and effect; maybe people prone to developing dementia are also prone to be couch potatoes? In any case; I won't take any chances. I love martial arts and will continue as long as I can.
  • Jack LaLanne is 95 now and works out 2 hours every single day doing weight training and swimming, and he is SO sharp mentally. I certainly believe this article.
  • I take care of a elderly friend, she is 80 years old and her mind its ok buy her body it is really gone she lost 50 pounds and she has no muscle, she can hardly walk , i do her laundry cook meals for her and give her a bath. When I go to her house and I leave no matter what time it is or how tired i am, i go home and spend and hour or so exercising so I don't become so depended it on other people to do my activities when I am older. Not only that but I want to still have a healthy life and be able to do my own things.
  • I take care of a elderly friend, she is 80 years old and her mind its ok buy her body it is really gone she lost 50 pounds and she has no muscle, she can hardly walk , i do her laundry cook meals for her and give her a bath. When I go to her house and I leave no matter what time it is or how tired i am, i go home and spend and hour or so exercising so I don't become so depended it on other people to do my activities when I am older. Not only that but I want to still have a healthy life and be able to do my own things.
  • ruth I just lost my mother in November to dementia /cancer and it is so so awful watching a someone suffer this disease. My sister and I took care of Mom for 3 years , viewing her decline was awful she would beg me to take her home, she was home we went to her home an took turns staying. It was so hearbreaking to not be able to help her understand
  • I love exercise now, and knowing that it may prevent dementia is a plus! I am older than the average student, in school full time, and have a 4.0 grade point average. In my family, on both sides, we also live a long time (into our 90s). I want to do that in a healthy way, and able to think!

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