Walking boosts brain health

Walking boosts brain health

Doris Younane walks to beat dementia

A daily stroll is a great way to maintain physical health and fitness, but did you know the simple act of walking also helps keep your brain healthy too?

For actress and Alzheimer's Australia NSW ambassador Doris Younane, walking is a way to keep both the body and mind active.

"One of the great things about walking is that almost everyone can do it, no matter your age or fitness level. Leading an active lifestyle is so important when it comes to maintaining our brain health," Doris says.

"Studies show walking or jogging significantly boosts brain function in those over 50. To me, that's a pretty strong incentive to stay active."

Doris has been a long-time ambassador for the Alzheimer's Australia Memory Walk & Jog, in honour of her mother who lived with dementia. 


"My mother recently passed away with dementia, so I understand the profound impact the disease can have on the entire family. A diagnosis can be overwhelming, and often people don't know where to turn for information and support," Doris says.

The McLeod's Daughters and The Wrong Girl star will join Sydneysiders at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday 7 May to raise funds and awareness of the 340,000 Australians currently living with dementia.

"Come along for a walk to help support people impacted by dementia, and do something good for yourself at the same time," Doris says.

Members of the public are also welcome to come along and show their support to participants, even if they are unable to walk or run themselves on the day.

Find out more about the Memory Walk & Jog.

Last updated: Monday, 1 May 2017