Alzheimer’s disease does not need to bring memory loss or confusion if sufferers keep themselves fit and strong in later life, a new study suggests.
Researchers followed 456 elderly people who were enrolled in a memory and ageing project until their deaths, and then looked at their brains to find out who was suffering from clinical dementia.
Surprisingly many who had clear signs of Alzheimer’s disease in their brains had shown no symptoms before their death.
Those who appeared protected against the disease had consistently scored lower on tests which measured fatigue, joint and heart problems, osteoporosis, mobility and ability to prepare meals.
“While more research is needed, given that frailty…