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Even light exercise linked to lower dementia risk

A recent study finds further links between physical activity and dementia risk. David Madison/Getty Images

(Timothy Huzar/ Medical News Today) — In a new study, researchers have identified an association between light-intensity physical exercise in older adults and a reduced risk of dementia.

The study, which appears in JAMA lays the ground for further research to determine whether light-intensity physical exercise causes the reduction in risk.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dementia is a general term for a range of conditions characterized by cognitive impairment.

Dementia typically affects people over the age of 65, although it is not an expected part of aging. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. (…)