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Walking three hours a week improves brain function: UBC research

July 23, 2015

Published in the Vancouver Sun. For those with mild cognitive impairment caused by mini-strokes, exercise is the best medicine   VANCOUVER — Taking regular brisk walks improves brain function in people who have already had mini-strokes, according to newly released findings by University of British Columbia researcher Teresa Liu-Ambrose. It’s more evidence that shows physical exercise is an effective way to prevent or slow the progress of dementia, says Liu-Ambrose, who is presenting the research for the first time Thursday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Washington, D.C., the world’s largest gathering of experts on Alzheimer’s and other dementias. “We’re quite keen to focus on vascular dementia because it … Read more

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Mobility predicts change in older adults’ health-related quality of life: evidence from a Vancouver falls prevention prospective cohort study.

July 15, 2015

Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2015, 13:101. Older adults with mobility impairments are prone to lower quality of life due to mobility impairments. Mobility, one’s ability to walk about may be important in contributing to your quality of life. As such, promoting mobility through intervention such as falls prevention may positively contribute to older adults’ quality of life. Background Older adults with mobility impairments are prone to reduced health related quality of life (HRQoL) is highly associated with mobility impairments. The consequences of falls have detrimental impact on mobility. Hence, ascertaining factors explaining variation among individuals’ quality of life is critical for promoting healthy ageing, particularly among older fallers. Hence, the … Read more

Category: Adding Quality to Later Life Years, Falls Prevention, Publication


A comparison of the ICECAP-O with EQ-5D in a falls prevention clinical setting: are they complements or substitutes?

June 22, 2013

Qual Life Res. 2013 Jun;22(5):969-77. doi: 10.1007/s11136-012-0225-4. Epub 2012 Jun 22. Among older adults living in the community, high quality research indicates the best way to reduce you risk of falling is to modify multiple risk factors based on your own personal risk factor profile for falling. Purpose Our research explored whether two preference-based outcome measures (EuroQol EQ-5D and ICECAP-O) are complements or substitutes in the context of the Vancouver Falls Prevention Clinic for seniors. Methods The EQ-5D and ICECAP-O were administered once at 12 months post first clinic attendance. We report descriptive statistics for all baseline characteristics collected at first clinic visit and primary outcomes of interest. We ascertain … Read more

Category: Adding Quality to Later Life Years, Publication


Otago Home-Based Strength and Balance Retraining Improves Executive Functioning in Older Fallers: A Randomized Controlled Trial

September 15, 2008

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society Volume 56, Issue 10, October 2008. Effective falls prevention exercise programs, such as the Otago Exercise Program (OEP), consist of resistance training and balance training exercises.  The current thought is that these types of exercises reduce falls by improving physiology functions, although improved cognitive functions, specifically improved executive functioning, may be another mechanism by which these types of exercises reduce falls in older adults.  However, this research question has been largely unaddressed, because few exercise trials of falls prevention have included measure of cognitive function.  Furthermore, no previous study of the influence of exercise on cognition has specifically included older adults with a history of falls. Background … Read more

Category: Adding Quality to Later Life Years, Falls Prevention, Publication