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I Fear I'm Getting Alzheimer's - Can You Suggest Helpful Exercises

Dear Debbie
I am in my early seventies and have been experiencing memory lapses. While I never forget a joke, I seem to be forgetting everything else, my keys, names, appointments. What can I do naturally to postpone the inevitable? My mother died of some kind of dementia, but in those days we didn’t call it Alzheimer’s. I watched the news and learned about the role of exercise. Can you suggest any that I can do at home? I don’t want to spend money at a gym. (Hoping to Turn Back the Clock)

Dear Hope,
I love your spirit and hope that it inspires other readers. Humor is a wonderful tool. We tend to remember what is important and laughter and joy are the most important virtues in our lives emotionally and physically. Reducing stress will help you prevent Alzheimer’s or at least lessen its severity for yourself and those around you.

Regarding exercise, you are right on the mark! Exercise will stimulate your brain, drive glucose and oxygen into it, lower blood pressure and help improve your circulatory system which impacts on the health of the brain. However, check with your doctor first!

If your doctor approves, in my book, Turn On Your Inner Light, I illustrate and delineate workouts for the years of gold that focus on improving stability, coordination and balance. I recommend workouts to be performed for a minimum of 2 days per week with 48 hours of rest between sessions. These workouts don’t need special equipment other than a ball and can be done at home. Also, I like to recommend compound movements that help improve life function and you get more bang for the buck while you do them. Here are some sample exercises that you can do. Learn something new like exercise moves to stimulate the brain. Good health involves both the mind and the body.

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