There will be plenty of things to be frightened of this Halloween. Scary trick-or-treaters, eating too much candy and watching “It” for the first time top our list. But as you’ll see from this week’s newsletters, there are certain things we shouldn’t be afraid of, contrary to popular belief.
The first is rigorous exercise for people over 50 and for those living with Alzheimer’s disease. A regular exercise program, including aerobics and weight training, can help preserve memory and improve the thinking skills. The longer and more consistent the regimen, the better it is for the brain.
A session of moderate exercise should last for at least 45 minutes and total about 150 minutes a week. Even light exercise has been show to help ward off Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.
Typically, we associate troubling changes in behavior and personality as warning signs of impending dementia. But that’s not always the case. In our second story, we feature a study that explores how personality changes don’t necessarily begin before other symptoms, like memory loss, that are usually associated with Alzheimer’s.
Before the Halloween season slips by, remember that it provides a great opportunity to spend precious time making decorations and other crafts with loved ones who live with Alzheimer’s disease. Almost any type of positive attention, mental stimulation or creative activity helps to improve their quality of life. Those are just a few treats that will improve the mind and soul throughout the entire year.
I hope you will find these stories helpful. If you need more information, please visit our website www.alzinfo.org.
I wish you all a happy and healthy Halloween.
Be safe and all of my best.
President & CEO