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Dementia can be a horrifying condition that undermines the well being of sufferers and loved ones alike. It often appears as if there is nothing that can be done to help people afflicted with dementia which generates feelings of hopelessness and helplessness among sufferers of the condition and caregivers. New research which shows that holistic exercise may help people with dementia offers a more positive assessment of the possibilities in dealing with this condition.
Currently it is estimated that 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease with almost two-thirds of them women. The latest facts and figures from the Alzheimer’s Association suggests that this number will continue to rapidly rise as the “baby boom” generation ages. By 2050, the number of those affected may reach as many as 16 million.
Researchers are beginning clinical trials for Alzheimer's disease (AD) that could identify who will develop the disease three years before symptoms. The test, if commercialized, could be used to screen large numbers of people for AD. It also means new therapies could be developed to delay symptoms of the neurological disease that is expected to affect 115.4 million people by 2050.
Possibly being hit with the gradual worsening of cognitive abilities, or dementia, is a significant concern as we age. An increased understanding of this tragic condition often leads younger people to consider making a commitment to healthy lifestyles, such as daily exercise and good nutrition, to help avoid dementia. It appears these measures can be taken relatively early in life to attempt to avoid dementia from setting in as we age.
Function determines brain structure in the same way as structure determines function. What this means is the human brain always has potential for change and negativistic views by psychiatrists that people whom they label as suffering from mental illness have fixed structural defects in the brain represent a backwards view of the potential of the human brain to be nurtured not just by good nutrition, but also by learning, and move forward.