Currently there is no effective way to cure or prevent dementia. For Kleinman this is one more reason why older people should exercise and stay active. Some studies suggest that the risk of developing dementia can reduced by reducing the risk of heart disease. In fact a number of risk factors that increase the risk of heart disease may increase the risk of dementia, as already we mentioned. Because of that it is equally important to stay physically, mentally and socially active, make your life even more pleasant and reduce the risk of dementia.
For those aged 65 years and above, regular physical activity is a healthy habit and very important for their healthy aging. Promoting physical activity among the elderly is particularly important because this population is the least physically active than any other age group. Elly Kleinman has been working with this age group most of his career, and as he says the elderly are quite a diverse group. Most, but not all, have one or more chronic diseases, and they vary in type and severity. All have experienced the loss of physical fitness over the years, some more than others. This diversity means that some elderly are in better shape than others.