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Help Fight Aging with Exercise

Freedom Home Care understands that you want to do all you can for yourself and your loved ones when it comes to fighting Alzheimer’s.  There are new studies coming out almost every day regarding supportive care and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  However, there is something simple you can incorporate into your daily lifestyle now to keep your mind healthy.  Exercise has proven to be a great way to not only keep your body in shape but your brain as well.

Regular exercise along with a healthy diet, can maintain an efficient cardiovascular system and therefore allows your brain to receive good blood flow.  It can also ward against certain cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and strokes that can predispose a person to dementia and Alzheimer’s.

With better blood flow also comes the oxygenation of the cells in your body, which is especially important for brain cells.  As we age, the cells in our brain start to die and do not regenerate. Oxygen is key to keeping those cells living as long as possible.

To put even more scientific evidence towards the benefits of exercise, research has shown that people who exercise have less plaque in their brain.  There is a certain type of material called beta amyloid plaque that is basically proteins that build up in the brains of people with Alzheimers’s disease. Those who regularly exercise experience less build up of these proteins. Furthermore, there were less instances of shrinking of the hippocampus (which holds the power to long term and short term memory) and less tangles of neurofibrillary tangles.  Basically, this is a lot of support in favor to keep moving.

Finally, exercise can simply make you a happier person overall. Exercise releases chemicals in the brain that enhances feelings of pleasure and happiness while also lowering stress.  Getting a good workout in can energize you and help you rest better later.

Freedom Home Care knows how important exercises is to those in all walks of life, so be sure to look at our offered services, and we would be glad to help you or your loved ones be as healthy as possible.

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