Your Brain on Exercise-Critical!

The information provided is adapted from “Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention and Intervention,” a Medical Fitness Specialist Certificate Program authored by Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF) and produced by Fitness Learning Systems. June M. Chewning MA, BS, AEA Dementia is a syndrome characterized by a chronic deterioration relating to memory, thinking, behavior, and the ability to perform activities of daily living. Consciousness, however, is not affected. Dementia is not a normal part of aging. The cause may be related to a variety of diseases and injuries that may have affected the brain. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease Read More …

Alzheimer’s Disease Part 3

Exercise and Alzheimer’s Disease Adapted from the Medical Fitness Specialist Certificate Program by Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation: Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention and Intervention. (Article 3 in a 3-part series about Alzheimer’s disease.) In the first article in this series, it was noted that: although there are natural physiological changes that occur with age, memory loss is neither normal nor a natural process of aging. there is no medication at this time that cures fatal Alzheimer’s disease, so prevention is the best line of defense against the disease. exercise plays a very important role in prevention of cognitive decline and brain health. Read More …

Alzheimer’s Disease: Part 2

Prevention of Cognitive Decline and Alzheimer’s Disease Adapted from the Medical Fitness Specialist Certificate Program by Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation: Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention and Intervention. (Article 2 in a 3-part series about Alzheimer’s disease.) Through many years of research, the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation has determined a four-part program to use in the prevention, delay, and treatment of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.  This program is called “The 4 Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention.” Recent research, some of which was sponsored by ARPF, supports the notion that lifestyle interventions can help decrease chances of developing memory loss and possibly help Read More …

Alzheimer’s Disease: Part 1

About Alzheimer’s Disease Adapted from the Medical Fitness Specialist Certificate Program by Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation: Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention and Intervention. (Article 1 in a 3-part series about Alzheimer’s disease.) Although there are natural physiological changes that occur with age, memory loss is neither normal nor a natural process of aging. It is important to take a proactive role in retaining the strength, resiliency, and vitality of the brain. Research has shown that just as the body needs strength-building exercises to maintain muscle strength, so does the brain. The brain goes through natural changes with age. However, mental decline Read More …