Improving the efficiency of brain activity associated with memory with exercise may improve cognitive function in those at risk for Alzheimer's. Some memory loss is normal and to be expected as we age and it leading to Alzheimer’s is one of the greatest fears of elderly.
The study, led by Dr. J. Carson Smith, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, provides new hope for those diagnosed with MCI. They are first to show that an exercise intervention with older adults with mild cognitive impairment (average age 78) improved not only memory recall, but also brain function, as measured by functional neuroimaging (via fMRI).
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia, of which there is no cure till date. The brain disorder affects a person's ability to carry out daily activities.
The findings are published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.
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