Regular exercise improves memory: Learning from Parkinson’s patients
BY ANURAG WALIA, MD
Lancaster General Health
A recent study has some good news for Parkinson’s patients. Regular exercise has been shown to improve their cognitive functions and memory.
Parkinson’s disease is a common movement disorder marked by shaking, tremors, and other difficulties with walking and coordination. A significant percentage of Parkinson’s patients will also experience memory loss, cognitive dysfunction and dementia.
Parkinson’s mostly affects people older than 65 years of age, although some cases can occur earlier, especially if the condition runs in families. This chronic illness causes a significant disability, emotional, and financial burden to patients and their families. Since there is no cure yet, the goal of therapy is to improve quality of life and functions.
Now there is some good news for Parkinson’s patients. In a study from Honolulu presented at a recent American Academy of Neurology meeting, regular exercise has been shown to improve cognitive function and memory in Parkinson’s patients.