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From EMAX Health:
A regular exercise program has many benefits. A new study has found that regular physical exercise may ward off dementia in oldest seniors. Researchers affiliated with the Department of Neurology, University of California, Irvine (UCI) published their findings online on October 22 in the journal Archives of Neurology.

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The authors concluded that they found a strong cross-sectional relationship between poor physical performance and dementia in individuals 90 years of age and older. They noted that their findings suggest that dementia is a complex neurodegenerative process that may affect physical performance and cognition. They recommended that additional research should be conducted to determine the temporal relationship between poor physical performance and cognitive dysfunction.

Take home message:
Obviously, as dementia increases, the ability to engage in physical activity decreases. Thus, the more demented seniors performed at a lower level in this study. However, it is likely that in some cases, increased physical activity played a role in decreased dementia. Exercise stimulates the circulation, including blood flow to the brain.

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