The Mind-Body Connection

Embracing an active lifestyle not only benefits our physical health but also nurtures our mental acuity, leading to a higher quality of life as we age. Dr. Zvinka Z. Zlatar highlights the potential benefits of physical activity in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive issues. In her insightful presentation, she sheds light on the positive effects of exercise, current exercise recommendations for older adults and how digital devices can help us achieve our fitness goals.

Dr. Zlatar says as we age, it becomes increasingly important to engage in activities that promote cardiovascular health, strength, flexibility, and balance. By incorporating aerobic exercises, such as walking, swimming, or cycling, alongside strength training and stretching exercises, older adults can improve their overall physical well-being and cognitive function.

Dr. Zlatar also explores the role of digital devices in facilitating and enhancing physical activity. She acknowledges the prevalence of smartphones, fitness trackers and other digital tools that can track steps, monitor heart rate, and provide personalized workout routines. These devices not only serve as a source of motivation but also offer opportunities for social connection and gamification, making exercise more engaging and enjoyable.

Watch Physical Activity and Brain Health in Aging.

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