The Science Journal of the Lander College of Arts and Sciences


Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease, from which there is no recovery. It begins with impaired memory and judgement and progresses to the point where those affected can no longer care themselves. Although the cause of AD is unknown, two significant abnormalities occur in the brain of its victims: neurofibrillary tangles and amyloid plaques. It has been well established that exercise improves mood and general well-being, however this paper will focus on the effect of exercise on AD. It will show that exercise can improve physical functioning of an individual with AD, however more importantly it will focus on how exercise can prevent and/or delay the onset and progression of AD. In addition we will discuss how much exercise is necessary to reduce the risk of AD, despite there being no established exercise prescription at this time.



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