The goal of Burke's inpatient programs is to ensure that each patient makes the maximum recovery possible.
The Burke Medical Research Institute is developing new treatments for disabling diseases and injuries.
Burke offers physical, occupational and speech therapy as well as other outpatient programs.
Burke sponsors support groups, educational events and fitness programs for the community.
Exercise to Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s, Heart Disease and Diabetes
A new report published in Neurology found that daily physical activity may reduce the risk of mental decline and Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers studied 716 older individuals without dementia through a device called an actigraph that monitored all their physical activity for 10 days, Web MD reported. They were also given a battery of mental tests annually for 3.5 years to measure memory and thinking ability.
During those years, 71 people developed Alzheimer’s disease. The study found that individuals who were in the bottom 10 percent for daily physical activity were more than twice as likely to develop the disease to those in the top 10 percent, Web MD continued.
This recent report further underlined the importance of engaging in physical activity, such as walking, as people advance in age. Along with lowering the risk for dementia, other research has shown that walking regularly can help cut the risk of heart disease and decrease the chance of developing type 2 diabetes in high-risk adults by 60 percent, the AARP said.
Plus, adding a walking or exercise regimen to one’s daily routine does not have to be an extensive time commitment. The AARP noted that peak benefits come from 30 minutes of exercise several times a week.
Adding an Exercise Routine
Unsure about how to get started? Heather Massimo, director of The Fitness Center at Burke shares these tips for starting an exercise routine.
You can also learn more about aging and health, and get more exercise tips at fitness fairs, such as the 2012 Senior Health and Fitness Day on May 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Burke Rehabilitation Center. The day will be filled with seminars on topics such as nutrition, healthy aging and falls prevention, as well as fitness programs like chair Zumba, stretching and walking, and Pilates.