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Walking Away From Dementia Risk — at a Brisk Pace


Study finds that more steps, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity reduced risk of dementia or cognitive impairment in senior women. Piublic Domain Pictures

A new study, published in the January 25, 2023 online issue of Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, reports senior women were less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment or dementia if they walked daily and performed moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. More activity was associated with decreased risk of disease.

Senior author Andrea LaCroix, PhD, MPH, Distinguished Professor at the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science at UC San Diego, and colleagues found that among women aged 65 or older, each additional 31 minutes per day of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity was associated with a 21 percent lower risk of developing mild cognitive impairment or dementia. Risk was also 33 percent lower with each additional 1,865 daily steps.

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Yadira Galindo