Elderly Home Care - Do you have time for a walk?

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posted by Ryan Whittington on October 25, 2010

Walking - Memory and Cognitive Benefits

Have you taken a walk lately.  The weather in St. Louis this time of year is perfect for a walk around the block or if you are more ambitious, a hike on your favorite trails.  Last week I saw a whole hillside covered in quartz.

I came across this article today from the Los Angeles Times today reporting on a study published by the Journal of Neurology.  This study is interesting because it not only points out the benefits to your physical body but also memory and congnitive improvements.

The study followed 299 men and women with an average age of 78 for nine years.  After controlling for a number of factors, including age, gender, body mass index and education, the study showed that participants showed a definite increase in brain volume.

This article shows how even walking can provide outstanding benefits.  Many times we think that exercise needs to be strenuous in order to provide benefit.  Moving and getting the oxygen pumping also helps maintain ceartain activities of daily living. 

Remember to grab a walking partner.  The social interaction is therapy too.

That got me thinking about how many miles our caregivers walk when providing care for the elderly in a given year.  I bet it's a lot.  I will do a little research and get back to you.

I the mean time, I think I'll go for a walk.

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