Alzheimer’s Prevention Can Start with Exercise

Exercise isn’t just for the body, it’s also for the brain. In ALZ, a magazine of the Alzheimer’s Association, Tina Brinkley, PhD, assistant professor of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine, shared the importance of exercise for maintaining brain health and one more way to combat Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Brinkley notes there is mounting evidence that when you strengthen your heart and muscles with exercise, you’re also strengthening the brain-body connection benefiting brain health. She continues researching the connection that affects one in 10 seniors age 65 and older as well as the one in three of those over the age of 85 who are living with the disease.

You can start protecting yourself from memory loss by taking steps to improve your brain health starting with exercise and diet. If you’re searching for ways to begin exercising, or would like to expand your options, look no further than your local Watermark Retirement Community and their signature program, Watermark University.

Watermark University is an award-winning program where residents, associates, family members and local experts share their interests with others to create endless opportunities to learn, grow and connect in meaningful ways. What’s more, anyone can attend these classes — there’s no need to be a resident of the senior living community.

Watermark communities feature dozens of classes that include topics focused on writing, foreign language, music, art, and of course, fitness. Watermark communities from coast to coast offer a multitude of exercise classes that can strengthen your mind and body while improving flexibility and circulation, which as Dr. Brinkley’s research is proving — strengthens your brain.

Watermark University classes are free and open to the public. You never know what kind of classes you’ll find at a community near you. In the spring 2020 semester, The Fountains at Crystal Lake has The Beat Goes On, a drumming circle that provides an outlet to express emotions that also address physical, emotional and cognitive needs for people of all ages. Blue Bell Place features Chair Yoga & Guided Imagery ideal for those who want the benefits of yoga but are uncomfortable getting up from the floor. St. Andrew’s Village offers a Physical Therapy Discovery Series that explores ways to prevent falls, build strength, improve balance and more.

These are just a few of the amazing opportunities to get your mind and body fit. Each year, Watermark communities offer spring, summer and fall course catalogs chock full of opportunities to learn, grow and connect. You can find a community near you at watermarkcommunities.com, and call to ask for a recent course catalog or download the catalog online and join a class to start 2020 off on the right foot.

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