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Weak Grip May Predict Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study on ways to identify risks of getting Alzheimer’s Disease shows that a weak grip not only may predict possible future strokes if you’re over age 65, but whether or not you may get Alzheimer’s, Epoch Times reports. The research was based on physical and cognitive exam data accumulated over three generations. Walking speed also figured in.

While researchers didn’t offer a definitive way to stave off the disease, they did speculate that it might be possible by improving strength and agility through exercise. This underscores previous studies that show that regular exercise can both help you age gracefully and slow brain aging by as much as 10 years.

Some easy strength training moves for seniors who haven’t exercised regularly in the past include resistance exercises to strengthen your muscles and joints. Strength training will allow you to perform everyday activities like climbing stairs and getting out of a chair with greater ease and with less risk of falling, which can improve your quality of life.

I recently published a basic guide of simple balance and coordination exercises for the elderly and infirm. It has a video of my mother performing the exercises. If you're too weak or incapacitated to perform more energy-intensive strength exercises at the start, I suggest you go back and start with those.

On the other hand, if you find the beginners’ exercises are too basic for your current level of fitness, check out my previous strength training for older adults article. And remember, you’re never too old to begin!
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