Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt recently announced she has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia. Some were surprised by her decision to keep coaching, despite the diagnosis.
However, U-M’s Henry Paulson, M.D. the Lucile Groff Chair of Neurology for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, spoke with ESPN about the benefits of physical activity in the wake of a dementia diagnosis:
"The first thing I tell a patient is you’ve got to stay active. In a way, continued work is one of the best things you can do. The brain is an adaptive organ. Even though cells are sick and dying from dementia other cells are picking up the slack," says Paulson.
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