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Walking - A Weapon Against Alzheimer's?

Written By: Off the Grid News Service  |  Posted: Monday, March 5th, 2012

            One of the most promising bits of research in the often grim field of senile dementia studies proposes a simple activity that may slow the progress of both Alzheimer's disease and the "mild cognitive impairment" that develops into Alzheimer's among about half of its sufferers. Significant reduction of cognitive decline and a possibly protective effect are tied to walking about five miles a week (a daily average of some three-quarters of a mile, or eight or nine city blocks). Among younger and symptom-free adults, a protective effect may kick in at about six miles per week.

            Up to five million of us in the U.S. suffer from Alzheimer's disease, a number that can be expected to increase with the aging of the baby boom generation. Of course, research continues on causes and a cure for this so far intractable malady. Meanwhile, other scientists focus on ameliorating the effects of the degenerative disorder that robs us of our ability to reason, our memories, our connections to those we love, and ultimately our personalities, as we slip into Shakespeare's "second childishness and mere oblivion."

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