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Boost Brain Health with Walking

Have you noticed your aging relative having more “senior moments” than in the past?
If so, you might be worried about their brain health and whether there’s anything that can be done to protect it. The good news is that a recent study indicates walking, as well as other kinds of moderate exercise, may help to improve brain health.

 

Homecare in American Fork UT: Boost Brain Health

Homecare in American Fork UT: Boost Brain Health

 

About the Study

The study involved 160 participants who were aged 55 or older. None of them had a serious form of dementia, like Alzheimer’s disease, but they did complain of having memory problems prior to the test. On cognitive tests, the group performed as though their average age was 90.

 

Participants were divided into four groups:

  1. Exercise only. Exercise consisted of 35 minutes of walking or riding a stationary bike three times per week with a 10-minute warm-up each time.
  2. Followed DASH diet
  3. Exercise and DASH diet
  4. Health education only

At the conclusion of the six-month study, both of the groups that exercised improved on their cognitive tests. The group that showed the most improvement was the one that both exercised and changed their diet. The group that changed their diet only had improvements, but not as much as with exercise.

 

Walking Safety Tips

While the study was small, and more research is needed, it does offer a promising option for helping your aging relative to give their brain a healthy boost. In addition, exercise has a lot of other health benefits. Before starting a new exercise routine, talk to the older adult’s doctor. Once they have been cleared to walk, they’ll need to follow some safety rules to ensure they are not injured. Some walking safety tips are:

-Choose footwear that is supportive and offers good traction.

-Try to stick to sidewalks, but if the older adult must walk on the side of the road, they should always walk facing oncoming traffic.

-Walk only during daylight hours, if possible. Wear brightly colored clothing that is easy to see.

-The senior should carry a charged cell phone, so they can call for help if they are injured.

-If your aging relative is walking with their dog, the dog should be kept on a short leash. A short leash gives the senior better control over the dog and reduces the risk of them tripping over the leash.

 

Another way to help your aging relative to stay safe while walking is to have them walk with a senior care provider.

Senior care providers can help older adults who have balance or mobility problems by holding their arm as they walk or reminding them to use an assistive device, like a cane or walker. If the older adult prefers to use a treadmill or stationary bike at home, a senior care provider can keep an eye on them to make sure they are safe and don’t overdo it.

Are you or a loved one considering hiring Homecare in American Fork, UT? Please talk to the friendly staff at December Rose Senior Care at Home. Providing Home Care in Highland, Utah and Surrounding Communities. 801-427-ROSE (7673)

Sources

https://www.webmd.com/

https://www.verywellfit.com

http://walkandrollpeel.ca/

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Alan and Stephanie Jones, Owners

December Rose Senior Care is a local in-home care agency owned and operated by Alan and Stephanie Jones in Highland, Utah. While both Alan and Stephanie bring professional and practical experience to their business, it has been the fulfilling and educational aspects of assisting their parents through the aging process as well as raising their five children that encouraged them to start a personal care agency. In particular it was the humbling experience of caring for a special needs son and moving a parent from in-home care to assisted living that helped them realize there are many families who are caring for loved ones that need help. Their desire is to combine these experiences with over twenty years of medical sales and marketing, eleven years working with senior and elder populations among our Veterans and Native Americans, serving on multiple school boards and local legislative roles, to develop in-home care that exceeds expectations and honors seniors as the foundation of this country.
In their spare time, Alan and Stephanie are all about family and enjoy So. California beach vacations, watching their children’s sporting events, reading, participating in church and community activities, watching favorite shows together, participating in Boy Scouts, running and yoga.

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