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Expatriate Insurance News: Exercise 'can combat dementia'

People aged over 60 might be able to cut their likelihood of suffering from dementia by engaging in regular exercise, a diet and fitness expert has said.

Rosemary Conley recommended simply taking short talks every day, aiming for around 30 minutes of moderate physical activity.

This could be broken up into two 15-minute strolls or three ten-minute excursions, she added.

"Exercise can dramatically reduce our chances of getting dementia," Ms Conley asserted.

The neurodegenerative illness cannot be successfully cured in any international healthcare facility, although palliative treatments are available.

She pointed out people who are 40 years old might already find they are losing "a bit of memory", with this likely to be more apparent by the age of 60.

"It's really important that we don't write ourselves off as we get past 60," the specialist continued.

Ms Conley argued many people of this age do not see an international healthcare expert such as a doctor when they get "the odd ache and pain", but said: "We should get those little niggles cleared up."

The expert added: "If there is something that's bothering you then go ahead and check it out."

Small amounts of physical activity can keep the body mobile, help individuals to control their weight and maintain their muscle strength and be "highly motivational", she added.

However, a recent study published in the British Medical Journal and funded by the UK's National Health Service found engaging in exercise does not improve the recovery times of people with depression.

Ms Conley recommended engaging in social exercises, such as by joining fitness classes, walking clubs or even learning how to ballroom dance.

These enable people to enjoy social interactions, which can prove to help them remain motivated, she noted.

Elderly people ought to use the stairs whenever they can and lift objects such as shopping bags, the expert remarked.

This "will help to keep your muscles strong", Ms Conley asserted.

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