When a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it feels like there’s nothing you can do. You simply have to watch as someone you care about fades before your eyes.
It’s a helpless feeling. After all, mainstream medicine insists it will only get worse from there on out. That there’s nothing, you can do about it.
But despite those dire claims, there IS hope. As new research reveals the truth. While there’s no cure for Alzheimer’s yet, there IS something you can do that could help.
Researchers say there’s one “move” you can make with your loved one that can help in two ways.
- It will give you the priceless gift of more quality time together.
- It could help SLOW the devastating memory loss at the heart of this disease.
And you’re never going to believe HOW easy it is.
The MOVE that slows Alzheimer’s memory loss
The new study focused on the effects of getting up and active. Researchers wanted to see if Alzheimer’s’ patients added some light and easy movement to their routine if it could help slow the decline a bit.
But what happened next must’ve shocked everyone involved.
The scientists divided volunteers into two groups. Folks then did one of two exercises for 20 to 50 minutes three times a week…
- stationary bike
They thought the cyclers might see some small but measurable benefits. And they figured the stretchers would serve as a sort of control group, with no real changes or improvements.
But that’s NOT how it shook out.
Both groups succeeded in dramatically slowing the rate of the decline. And, surprisingly, in some ways, the stretching group actually did a little better.
Help put the brakes on decline starting TODAY
The researchers used a standard test called the Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive Subscale. Higher numbers on the test mean you’re doing worse.
Over six months, someone with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s would be expected to see their scores jump by about 3.2 points on average. But the folks in the study who did the cycling had just a one-point increase.
The cyclists had virtually no declines in memory and executive function. And they had a slight drop in attention, processing speed, and language.
The stretchers had equally as impressive results. Their scores rose by just 0.1 points. They had slight declines in memory, processing speed, and language but no executive function and attention decline.
Overall, the two groups were basically tied during the six-month study and in the six months that followed.
The scientists are planning more research on the effects of exercise on Alzheimer’s decline. But if you have a loved one with this disease, especially if it’s still in the mild to moderate phase, don’t wait.
Find an activity you can do together with your loved one. You can try cycling or stretching, as the volunteers did in the study. Or something else you both enjoy that gets you moving such as walking, dancing, swimming, or a sport.
You’ll end up spending more priceless quality time together. Plus, as the study shows, there’s a very good chance it will also help slow their decline.
Exercise isn’t the only move you should take if someone you love is wrestling with this devastating disease. Click here to discover 4 MORE critical steps for anyone battling Alzheimer’s.