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Healthcare staffing agency, Aureus Medical, shares how travel nurses can educate patients on the link between poor fitness and dementia

Omaha, NE, (March 27, 2014) - Travel nursing professionals, how do your patients rank their physical fitness – good, satisfactory, or poor? Travel nursing jobs leader, Aureus Medical Group, shares information on the link between poor fitness and dementia.

According to a recent study, patients' answers on their levels of exercise may provide a glimpse about their future risk of dementia. The collaborative study, conducted by the Academy of Finland, tracked 3,559 adults over 30 years old. Researchers found that a simple question about self-rated physical fitness in midlife could reveal individuals who have a greater chance of developing neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson’s.

Participants who ranked their exercise habits as poor at the median age of 50 were four times more likely to develop dementia in the next three decades compared to those with good self-rated physical fitness.

"Previous research has shown that self-rated health is a strong indicator of adverse health events," Dr. Jenni Kulmala from the Gerontology Research Center at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, said in a press release. "This is the first large population-based study investigating associations between self-rated physical fitness during the three decades from midlife to later life and dementia risk."

The strongest connection between poor self-assessment of exercise and dementia occurred among people with chronic diseases as well as those who did not have a specific gene known as APOE-4. This gene, the researchers explained, is associated with an increased susceptibility for dementia.

It's important to point out that although the study found a correlation between poor self-ranked fitness in middle age and a higher vulnerability of dementia, it didn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship. The researchers noted that the perception of poor exercise is likely affected by different factors, such as a lack of education, isolation, poor mental health, and smoking. Those on travel nursing jobs have a unique opportunity to educate patients about the importance of exercise on the health of not only their bodies, but also their minds.

Read the full article to learn how you can put the brakes on dementia.

About Aureus Medical Group:

Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide.  With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire.  Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.