Walking Reduces Symptoms of Dementia

Improves Focus and Decision-Making




Ljupco Smokovski/Shutterstock.com

A study from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, examined the impact of regular walking on people with vascular cognitive impairment, the second-most common form of dementia. The ailment occurs when blood vessels become damaged by cardiovascular disease, impeding good blood circulation and making the brain work harder.

The researchers scanned the brains and conducted computerized decision-making and attention tests on 38 people with mild, early forms of vascular cognitive impairment. Half of the subjects were asked to participate in supervised, one-hour walking sessions three times per week for a six-month period. The remaining subjects did not walk.

After six months, the walking group showed improvements in both blood pressure and brain function, with their brains requiring less effort during the decision making and attention tests.


This article appears in the October 2017 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Warming Planet Will Worsen Sleep

Rising temperatures could cause six additional nights of poor sleep per 100 people by 2050 and 14 by 2099, say scientists.

Exercise Benefits Cancer Survivors

Breast cancer survivors that regularly perform moderate-to-vigorous physical activity show improved attention, memory and multitasking abilities.

Eating Apples and Tomatoes Repairs Lungs

Fresh tomatoes and fruit, especially apples, help heal damaged lungs of ex-smokers and can slow the natural decline of lung function that typically occurs after age 30.

Steam Baths Ease Allergies

Thais with hay fever that soaked in half-hour steam baths three times a week reported fewer symptoms such as sneezing, nasal itching and congestion.

Bee Venom Is Powerful Lyme Disease Remedy

Bee venom reduces the Lyme disease bacterium more effectively than antibiotics, reports the Lyme Disease Research Group, in Connecticut.

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »This Month

When Good Foods Make Us Feel Bad

Through muscle response testing, a kinesiologist can find out which foods make the nervous system weak by eliciting a weak muscle response. Once known, several techniques are available to desensitize the body to food allergens.

Vineyard Wind Selected for New Wind Procurement Project

Massachusetts officials recently announced the selection of Vineyard Wind as the winning bid for its sizeable offshore wind procurement project.

Supporting Gut Health to Reduce Inflammation

Research shows that gut dysbiosis, an imbalance of good and bad bacteria, is a contributor to inflammatory responses.

Summer-Safe Dogs

MASH Vet, in Hopkinton, offers tips to ensure the safety of every pet during the summer months.

Soul Path Renewal Retreat Returns to Ferry Beach

Soul Path Renewal will be holding a workshop from August 20 to 24, at the Ferry Beach Retreat Center, in Saco, Maine.

Seafood Watch Recommendations for Eastern Oysters

The Seafood Watch Consumer Guide helps consumers choose seafood that’s fished or farmed in ways that have less impact on the environment.