Alzheimer's Association of CNY seeks 'indoor warriors'

— “I, my five siblings and my dad lost our mom and wife to Alzheimer's… I'm committed to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer research, care and support,” said event participant Ellen Kerwick, who raised $915.00 toward her $1000.000 donation goal. “What a great way to participate in a fun event and raise funds towards Alzheimer's research.”

According to research conducted by Syracuse University Exercise Science Professor Stefan Keslacy, exercise may play a critical role in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

“We’re trying to reproduce the effects of exercise, so we started to look at more of the mechanism behind the effect of exercise. We want to understand not only the physiological and cognitive effect but also to look at the cellular mechanism,” Keslacy said. “I hope that we will find — maybe not a cure — but a treatment that would delay the symptoms in the future.”

The development of plaques in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss was reduced in both size and number when the effects of exercise were tested on mice.

Progressing research to the human-trial stage, Keslacy hopes to identify the genes associated with the positive benefits of exercise on the brain. While the research remains in its early stages, Keslacy expects promising results.

“I’m hopeful that we will be able to do the research on a larger scale, because we need to recruit and gather more data before we can really see its potential,” said Keslacy.

The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s is expected to increase by 11 million in 2050, reaching a total of 16 million.

Registration for the Indoor Warrior Triathlon can be completed at alz.org/cny and is open to the first 100 entrants. For more information about the CNY Alzheimer’s Association Chapter, call 800-272-3900.

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