Working it Out

working-it-out-100x100There is now clear evidence that exercise and diet can have a significant impact on the likelihood of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. With that in mind, Ryan Institute Associate Director William Renehan, Ph.D., and special advisor Catherine Taylor, former Director of Elderly Affairs for Rhode Island, have convened a committee at URI to study the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline with diet and exercise. The committee includes faculty with expertise on nutrition, kinesiology, psychology/cognition, epigenetics, and patient engagement. The goal is twofold: to develop a study that will help define what modifications in diet and what forms of exercise are most beneficial; and to develop an outreach and education program aimed improving the brain health of Rhode Islanders.

Read more about the science behind this initiative in this article by William Renehan.

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