Expatriate health insurance policyholders who are worried about older relatives may be interested to learn that gentle exercise is thought to slow down the effects of dementia.
According to Professor June Andrews, director of the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling, "there is no question that exercise does help with dementia".
The reason for this, she believes, is because the brain is dependent on oxygen.
"If it is already struggling because of Alzheimer's disease, then making sure that you have got a good blood supply to your brain with lots of oxygen in it is bound to be helpful; one of the things that exercise does is to improve your circulation, and it helps you have lots of oxygen," she explained.
The healthcare expert also noted that walking is often a social experience which can stimulate the mind, which is also important when facing dementia.
Her advice comes in light of research presented at the Radiological Society of North America, which suggested walking may slow cognitive decline in adults with Alzheimer's.
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