Prevention for Cognitive Disorders Must Start Early for Active Agers

Prevention for Cognitive Disordersfor active agers

Cognitive Disorders and Their Global Impact

In the Americas, it is estimated that 9.4 million people fall into the cognitive disorder category. If we don’t start prevention for cognitive disorders now, by 2050 and estimated 29.9 million in the Americas will face some sort of cognitive disorder. These numbers are astounding, and the economic burden will be higher than cancer, diabetes, and respiratory conditions combined.

With proper exercise, we can change these numbers.

Solid evidence has proven that exercise has been shown to help in the following areas:

  • Preserve bone mass and strength
  • Strengthen muscles and joints
  • Stimulate appetite
  • Prevent or alleviate symptoms of chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes
  • Improve cognition.

Combining physical and cognitive dual-task activities are demonstrating to be a potentially effective approach in the treatment and prevention of neurological conditions and their symptoms such as stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, traumatic brain injury, and dementia. SMARTfit is a new intervention that combines visual, cognitive and motor demands through gamification to address brain health in various ways.

Physical Exercise

Physical exercise not only improves bone mass and strength, it also has other benefits too. Studies have shown that exercise can help prevent many common diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Exercise also promotes social engagement amongst “active agers.”

Mental Exercise

Mental stimulation boosts confidence and is fun. Group exercises promote social interaction, which turn prevents feelings of isolation and depression.

Gamification

To boost confidence and to make exercise fun gamification should be included. SMARTfit incorporates a variety of activities that can be fully customized for each individual or group.

A single session on the SMARTfit addresses key parts of the brain to help prevention of cognitive disorders and other diseases.

“SMARTfit has provided our facility a turnkey solution to providing cognitive-motor training in a clinical setting that is scalable, repeatable, and measurable. From dual-task assessment to programming targeted interventions, SMARTfit is the only reliable tool we feel exists to provide innovative programming for a wide variety of populations in need of both physical and cognitive stimulation.” – Ryan Glatt – BSc. Exercise Science, KMI, FAFS.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5007565/

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