ANCHOR LEAD: KEEPING ACTIVE IN MANY WAYS HELPS AVOID DEMENTIA, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
A combination of physical activity, social connections and brain training is emerging as the best way to keep Alzheimer’s disease at bay, a study presented at the American Academy of Neurology meeting concludes. Constantine Lyketsos, an Alzheimer’s disease expert at Johns Hopkins, says this latest study employed a carefully designed computer program for the mental activity component, but he suggests another strategy.
LYKETSOS: The ideal way to do this would be to keep an older person engaged for as long as possible with physical activity, social engagement and mental activity. And I’ve always been an advocate of trying to do this by not letting people retire. People who are at greatest risk for dementia also tend to retire earlier. Typically people who have less education, and less stimulating or exciting jobs. And these are also individuals who probably have fewer resources in terms of how they keep engaged after retirement. :32
I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.