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Whole Body Approach Helps Fight Dementia

 While eating healthy and exercising can improve one’s physical health, a study shows it also can lessen the chances of suffering dementia, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The nonprofit Roskamp Institute and Youthful Aging Home Health evaluates clients for a month, taking into account their fitness, diet, mental activity and medical history.  After calculating each person’s risk for diminished mental capacity, the clients were coached in ways to change their diet, exercise, socialization and offered mind-challenging activities to lower the risk for cognitive loss. 

While long-term proof of its effectiveness won’t be seen for at least five years, 20 of the 33 clients in the evaluation are sticking with their new habits, the Herald Tribune says.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.