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Track Steps to Lower Dementia Risk

Keep urging your clients to track their daily steps, and share with them that taking more steps (up to 9,800 daily) is linked with a lower risk of all-cause dementia. Stepping at a higher intensity was linked with even more risk reduction. The findings are from a data analysis that included 78,430 participants ages 40–79 from the UK Biobank. Investigators identified participants with dementia incidence through medical and death records.

The research is reported in JAMA Neurology  (2022; doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2022.2672).

See also: How Many Steps Per Day for a Longer Life?

What Do You Think?

Are you offering programs that encourage clients to use activity trackers and track steps? Do you review tracker data from clients? If yes, what type of data is monitored and does it help with motivation or adherence? Tell us about your experiences.

We want to hear from you! Email executive editor Joy Keller at [email protected].

Shirley Eichenberger-Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is an internationally acknowledged integrative health and mindfulness specialist, best-selling author of 16 fitness and wellness books translated into multiple languages and sold worldwide, award-winning health journalist, contributing editor to Fitness Journal, media spokesperson, and IDEA's 2008 Fitness Instructor of the Year. She's a 25-year industry veteran and former health and fitness educator at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, who has served on multiple industry committees and co-authored trade books and manuals for ACE, ACSM and YMCA of the USA. She has appeared on TV worldwide and was a featured trainer on America's Next Top Model.

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