Physical activity has long been advocated for fitness, but now there’s another compelling reason to get off the couch:
“Actively keeping your brain in good shape will help you stay mentally sharp as you age,” says Marianne Luther, the regional support and education coordinator for Prince Rupert for the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C.
“Research increasingly confirms that taking these steps now may reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia in the future.”
Many healthy activities can easily be incorporated into daily routine, she says. Walking 10 minutes a day is a good start.
Exercises such as yoga or tai chi can be practiced at home. And some simple stretches for a few minutes at the office will help too.
“The sooner you start the better; Alzheimer's is not just an ‘old person's disease,’ and defensive action needs to start early in life.”
For more information on Alzheimer’s disease, including details on the local support and information groups – one for family caregivers and one for people in the early stages of the disease -- contact Luther toll-free at 1-866-564-7533 or mluther,,,alzheimerbc.org
Residents can also visit the society website at www.alzheimerbc.org