Exercise for Healthy Aging
Summer has officially kicked off with activities such as the Memorial Day Parade, the Surrey Summer Picnic and the planting of our vegetable garden in Media. The long days of warm weather, more daylight, and a little more casual lifestyle are all great incentives to get outdoors and move a little.
Last week my doctor told me she spent two weeks studying at a dementia prevention seminar and one of the key factors to prevention may well be exercise. She specifically mentioned 150 minutes of exercise each week. She was the second very smart woman I know to discuss exercising and dementia with me in the past month, the first was a Surrey member. I thought it would be interesting to record my exercise through the summer months to see how I meet or fall short of 150 minutes of exercise per week. At the end of the summer, I am going to see how many weeks I met the target.
We know exercise is good for us for many reasons and this seemed to be one more. When I looked at some source data on the web (Exercise is Associated with Reduced Risk for Incident Dementia among Persons 65 Years of Age and Older, Larson, Annals of Internal Medicine, 2006) the data pointed to reduced rates of dementia in persons exercising 3 or more times per week. The study looked at exercise in 15 minute increments. Many other studies have been done and I have listed a few web links below.
Exercise is just one factor to healthier living. Nutrition, lifestyle choices and genetics are some of the other factors. Surrey cannot affect someone’s genetics, however, we can provide good choices around nutrition and lifestyle. On the following pages of this newsletter are many options for exercise programs as well as delicious lunch menu options. I invite you to pick a program and choose a lunch to try in July and August as a first step to trying something new toward healthier living!
Barbara J. Fentress, President & CEO