It’s happened to ALL of us.
You blank on someone’s name. Or you can’t remember where you parked the car at the mall.
And you get that sickening feeling in the pit of your stomach.
“Is THIS it?” you wonder. The first signs of dementia?
It’s terrifying. And even when it turns out to be a false alarm, you can never be sure about the next time, can you?
Because let’s face it none of us is getting any younger.
Which is why NOW is the time to start doing something to reduce your dementia risk. And a new study has JUST the thing to do it.
But it isn’t a pill, procedure, or even an herb.
Incredibly, it’s doing something you need to do anyway. And that’s tackling your household chores.
Let me explain…
Even EVERYDAY activities slash dementia risk
It’s strange but true.
Ordinary household tasks such as cleaning the kitchen, doing the laundry, and even making meals could help keep your brain firing on all cylinders. And we’re talking about into your 70s, 80s, and even beyond.
The key, it turns out, is staying active.
Now, we already knew that EXERCISE could help reduce our dementia risk.
For example, a study found that when folks stayed physically fit in middle age, they had significantly bigger brains than their peers did 20 years later.
In another, researchers found that seniors who did three 45 minute treadmill sessions a week INCREASED the size of their brains.
And women who exercise in midlife are a staggering 90 percent less likely to develop dementia.
But this is the FIRST time research has pointed to everyday activities… the kind which keeps us moving around the house… as having a protective effect on our brain health too.
Volunteers were observed for signs of dementia
For the new study, researchers recruited 454 senior adults who were 70 or older.
Each agreed to donate their brains after death. And all the volunteers took a series of memory and cognition tests every year for 20 years.
The researchers kept a close eye out for changes that might indicate dementia. Eventually, 191 of the participants DID develop signs of the disease.
And in the last few years of the study, everyone wore a fitness tracker for 10 days. This allowed researchers to come up with an average daily activity level for each volunteer.
Staying active masked dementia symptoms
The researchers found that ANY kind of physical activity made a difference.
It didn’t matter whether it was formal exercise or merely getting things done around the house. It ALL added up to better reasoning and memory skills.
But the surprises didn’t end there. In fact, the MOST exciting surprise didn’t surface until AFTER the researchers were able to examine the brains of the participants.
What they found floored them.
Even in folks with at least THREE different signs of Alzheimer’s disease—such as the plaques and tangles you’ve probably heard about before—staying active had a HUGE impact.
It turns out 30 percent of the physically active volunteers who could have been diagnosed with the disease weren’t. In fact, they were free of any cognitive problems and considered normal when they died.
In other words, merely keeping moving had somehow masked the devastating symptoms of dementia.
Make MORE moves to reduce dementia risk
Scientists are planning more research to figure out WHY keeping yourself busy has such a protective effect on your brain.
But there’s no reason to wait around for the answer. You can start taking steps to dodge dementia TODAY by making an effort to be more active.
Exercise is fantastic, so keep up with that. But think about other ways you can keep moving throughout the day.
Things like fixing a home cooked meal, sweeping off the deck, and even organizing your junk drawer ALL count. Just go ahead and make a move to SAVE your memory and dodge dementia for years to come.