June is for Staying Healthy and Mindful; it’s Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
You are not too young to begin making healthy lifestyle choices to reduce risk.
Quote: “Exercise is the closest thing to a fountain of youth we have.”–Peter Attia, MD.
Pow, pow, pow, the sound of the paddle hitting the pickleball echoed throughout the court. Annie smacked the ball over the net to Kathy, who returned it with equal effort. Michael and LJ watched in quiet concentration and admiration as they played.
Gradually, both men moved simultaneously into position to get back into the game.
They were lost in the intensity of keeping the ball in play. The sweat dripped from their bodies, but they kept going, driven by an unspoken competitive spirit that only came out when they played pickleball.
“Nice shot,” said Michael as he received a return from Annie.
“You’ve got this one,” yelled LJ to Kathy.
After an intense game, all four paused to drink water. Annie spoke first. “This was one of my favorite games so far. I love pickleball.
LJ agreed heartily as he wiped his forehead with a towel. “We should do this more often. It’s an excellent workout for both our minds and bodies.”
Michael nodded in agreement. “I’m currently listening to Outlive by Peter Attia, MD. He says that exercise is one of the most important things we can do to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. I’ll do whatever I must to stay mentally and physically fit to live a long and healthy life.”
Pausing to sip water, Kathy commented, “I’m all for continuing to work out together. Michael is onto something with Dr. Attia’s research. According to the World Health Organization, adults spend over 8.5 hours in a sedentary position each day, and this behavior has been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Exercise is essential for our brain health; it helps improve cognitive function, reduce inflammation, and increase the production of new brain cells. A study published in Neurology showed that exercising 3–5 times a week could lead to a 35% reduction in the development of Alzheimer’s compared to those who did not exercise. Sitting for…