BBC: Dementia and Exercise


How exercise is helping people living with dementia

By Dominic Hughes Health correspondent, BBC News

13 April 2011 Last updated at 05:09 ET
Exercise – gentle walking, a moderate gym session or even dancing and a sing-song – can help people cope with the devastating impact of dementia, researchers believe.

Quite why, the scientists do not yet fully understand.
But unravelling the mysteries of dementia is the key to finding more effective treatments for a condition becoming increasingly common as the population ages.
And while drugs can slow its advance, there are concerns about the over prescription of anti-psychotics for dementia patients.
At the Redholme care home in Liverpool, it is Wednesday morning and the first gym session of the day is about to begin.

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