Older people who are engaged in regular physical activities including simple daily chores are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
A study of 716 elderly people showed that regular exercise and simple daily activities such as cleaning , cooking, washing dishes and gardening lower the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia in them.
According to the findings that appeared in the journal Neurology
, over the four-year follow up, people who were the least active each day were two times more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease.
“These results provide support for efforts to encourage physical activity in even very old people who might not be able to participate in formal exercise but can still benefit from a more active lifestyle,” said lead author Dr. Aron S. Buchman of the Rush University Medical Center, US.
“Activities like cooking, washing the dishes, playing cards and even moving a wheelchair with a person's arms were beneficial," Dr. Buchman added. “These are low-cost, easily accessible and side-effect free activities people can do at any age, including very old age, to possibly prevent Alzheimer's.”