6.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 13 million. Meanwhile, more than 80% of Americans know little or are not familiar with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which can be an early stage of Alzheimer’s.
Physicians often recommend exercise and healthy lifestyle interventions to help improve cognitive function and quality of life. A new study reports older folks who are more physically active have higher levels of a protein that promotes better communication between the brain’s synapses. Keeping these synapses functional and strong is key to maintaining communication between the brain and body.
Besides physical exercise, doctors also offer brain exercises to stay sharp. Suggestions include learning something new, playing board games or puzzles, or something as simple as eating or brushing your teeth with the opposite hand.