New research shows the benefits exercise can have on brain health as we age. The study results about how exercise can keep the mind sharp was published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
It was an observational study of almost 900 adults with an average age of 71. People who reported light to no exercise experienced a decline equal to 10 more years of aging compared to people who reported moderate to intense exercise.
What type of exercise is good for seniors? Brisk walking several times a week, playing handball or tennis, calisthenics and even moderate amounts of activity.
Study author Dr. Clinton B. Wright of the University of Miami said, “The number of people over the age of 65 in the U.S. is on the rise, meaning the public health burden of thinking and memory problems will likely grow…Getting regular exercise might be protective.”
Interestingly, the difference remained in cognitive decline (or less cognitive decline) after researchers controlled for other factors that could affect brain health, including smoking, alcohol use, high BP and BMI.
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