New research in the journal Neurology shows that activity and exercise helps brain deal with pathologies, including Lewy Bodies and the Tau proteins of Alzheimer’s Disease. The result is better cognition.

There’s an interesting distinction in this study from earlier investigations that showed the impacts of exercise on cognition. The new research shows that exercise doesn’t protect the brain, nor prevent dementia, but it helps the brain work better, despite the progression of the disease.

I was very fortunate to have the ability and resources to keep my loved one active to the very end, and I’m convinced that exercise helped her deal much better with the years of LBD progression. Additionally, physical activity has so many other benefits that it should be enabled whenever possible. The benefits can include improved sleep, digestion, pain reduction, heart and lung function, mood, socialization, appetite and more.

If your doctor approves activity, and its safe for both the carer and the person with the condition, it could be transformational.

Strength to all!
Timothy Hudson

For more on this research, check the following
News story in the Guardian
Medical journal Neurology link

Exercise helps brain deal with Lewy Body Dementia pathologies

2 thoughts on “Exercise helps brain deal with Lewy Body Dementia pathologies

  • January 14, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Dear Mr. Hudson
    My brother lives in a nursing home in Stamford, CT and suffers from both LBD and also Type-1 Diabetes. His neurologist has prescribed daily exercise but Medicare refuses to authorize it. What can we do?

    • January 17, 2021 at 5:20 pm

      That’s a tough call, Rina. I’m not sure how best to proceed, since I’m in Canada, and we don’t have Medicare here. We have something similar, and I found that I had to do all the “legwork” to find a place that’d accept OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan) coverage, and they did the paperwork. This may not work for you.
      Certainly, in pretty much every instance, I had to do much more than I anticipated to get ANY sort of help or action. That’s just another difficult issue to contend with, when you’re already doing hero’s work as a Lewy carer.
      Hope you can find a way to get the exercise started — it made a monumental difference to my Mom with LBD.
      Strength to you!
      Timothy Hudson


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