Exercise has been shown to be one of the most effective forms of treatment for those living with Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and various dementias. Although each of these diseases are currently incurable, exercise has the ability to alleviate symptoms, improve neuronal connections, improve mood, increase neuromuscular function, and improve quality of life.
Why exercise with neurodegenerative diseases?
One of the many reasons research has pointed towards exercise as a promising treatment is its ability to improve neurocognitive function, its accessibility to all adults, and the fact that it does not include intolerable side effects than many medications produce. There is evidence that supports aerobic, anaerobic, as well as resistance training contributing to important factors for this population. Some of the common factors relating directly to the brain include brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), and insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1)
Exercise has been shown to increase levels of brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which is essential for continued neuronal development. BDNF is a crucial element in neuroplasticity, cognitive function, as well as survival of synaptic function. There is considerable evidence suggesting the adult brain is highly plastic, that is, the ability to undergo change. There are a number of structural and functional changes produced by chronic exercise that explain numerous neurophysiological mechanisms that help to improve brain function. Long term resistance training has also been found to increase Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF-1), which is essential for neurogenesis in adults. Reduction of IGF-1 occurs with age and is known to be a contributor to cognitive decline.
Numerous studies have shown, exercise is effective in the promotion of quality of life, and the maintenance of motor and cognitive functions for adults of any age.
A form of one-on-one exercise, such as personal training, is often worrisome for those within the aging population. For that reason, many choose to avoid exercise all together.
Our team of trained health care professionals is qualified to work with the aging population, including those who are affected or limited by chronic conditions. Allow our team to eliminate any and all fears, or common misconceptions your loved one may have in order to put them on a journey towards a happier, healthier life.
One of the things we hear far too often is “I have lived this long without exercise, why do I need it now?”
Did you know, by the time an individual has reached the age of 80 years old they will have lost 50% of their muscle mass that they once had as an adult due to sarcopenia? One of the many tasks we, as healthcare professionals, are trying to accomplish is preventive medicine. That is, we are providing individuals with an exercise regimen that maintains, and improves upon current strength, balance, flexibility, and cardiovascular health. Allow a member of our team to sit down with your loved one in order to discuss the importance.
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Exercise has been found to help alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life with a number of chronic conditions often associated with aging. Below are some of the commons conditions in which exercise can make a drastic impact:
Please note, not all conditions have been listed. Exercise has been found to be an important lifestyle factor that is crucial towards a happy, healthy life.