Can Exercise Ward Off Dementia?

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Older people who exercise regularly may reduce their risk of dementia and help keep their minds sharp, a new study suggests.

Physical activity may cut dementia risk by 40 percent and decline of thinking skills by as much as 60 percent, researchers say.

“Over the past three years, this has become a highly consistent finding,” said Dr. Sam Gandy, associate director of the Mount Sinai Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in New York City, who had no part in the study.

“The best thing we can do for ourselves and our patients is to adopt a regular exercise routine,” he said. “This delays or prevents dementia or slows progression so there is some benefit for everyone.”