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NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Read this article. Although experts have long advocated physical activity to maintain brain health, new research indicates that daily stretches and motion exercises can benefit senior citizens who are experiencing modest memory problems.
300 adults with mild cognitive decline were enlisted by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine to participate in aerobic and balance-and-stretching exercises. Over the course of a year, the groups were divided based on those two exercises, and they performed them twice a week with a personal trainer and twice more on their own.
The study was presented on Tuesday at the 2022 International Conference of the Alzheimer’s Association in San Diego, California. All of the participants led sedentary lifestyles and had some sort of mild cognitive impairment, one of the early stages of dementia.
According to the study’s author Laura Baker, both groups completed 31,000 exercise sessions in total. In contrast to a control group of participants with mild cognitive impairment who did not exercise, none of the group members suffered cognitive decline at the end of the experiment.
According to the study, even easy workouts can help senior persons with dementia prevent cognitive impairment. (iStock)
The results of the study, according to Baker, show that “this is achievable for everyone,” especially for seniors who have a limited exercise regimen. Additionally, she suggests that for elderly people who are already at risk, exercise “has to be part of the preventative strategies.”
The Alzheimer’s Association’s top scientist, Maria Carrillo, told the AP that prior studies have shown that regular exercise can improve blood flow to the brain and reduce inflammation there.
Having a social group or a network of support was important for the older individuals, according to Baker.
Following Covid-19’s closure of the gyms, participants were consistently supported while exercising at their YMCA facilities, and regular video call sessions were set up, according to the Associated Press.