Exercise and dementia – Episode 31

As the health of our society continues to improve and our lives grow longer and longer, incidences of dementia increase as we reach older and older ages. Of course, it’s important to remember though that dementia is not a normal part of ageing, so what, if any, are some of the ways to reduce the risk of dementia?

In the episode of The Better Ageing Podcast we’re discussing research surrounding exercise and dementia. In particular we look at the role exercise might play in reducing the risk of dementia or delaying its onset, and how it can help during the care of someone with dementia. We discuss how exercise has been linked to a slower loss in brain tissue as we age, and how supervised exercise can improve physical function for people with cognitive decline.

As always, we hope this episode helps you better understand your own health and wellbeing and how you can care for those you love too. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Listen to episode 31 above or on your favourite app:

Show notes/ topics covered:

0:07 – Welcome 
2:20 – Introduction to the topic 
4:02 – One problem about living longer 
4:39 – What role does dementia play in reducing risk of dementia
5:50 – Exercise for people with dementia 
9:05 – Can exercise reduce the likelihood of dementia? 
10:12 – Are you getting enough exercise? 
10:57  – Closing thoughts   

About the experts: 

Jason Lee and Dr Jane Fyfield have over 45 years of experience working with elderly Australians. Jason Lee runs his own physiotherapy practice, with a focus on strength and conditioning programs for over 60 year olds. Dr Jane Fyfield works as a consultant to aged care services, is a former Medical Director, and has worked in the public, private and government sectors as a clinician and a non-clinical consultant. 

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