RESEARCH – Adding Quality to Later Life Years


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Healthy Bodies, Healthy Brains

March 21, 2016

Published by Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. Can exercise change the trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease or delay the onset of cognitive decline? According to Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at UBC, and researcher at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, “the emerging evidence would suggest that regular physical activity can indeed maintain your brain health.” Many chronic conditions that are associated with aging, such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol have consequences for brain health. However, the risk of developing these chronic conditions can be drastically reduced with regular physical activity. Regular exercise also directly benefits the brain, maintaining proper blood … Read more

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Weight Training May Fix Age-Related ‘Potholes’ in Brain’s Highways

December 22, 2015

Published by CBC News. Weight training helps hold off age-related deterioration in parts of the brain, Canadian researchers have shown. Exercise is known to maintain memory and brain functions needed to solve problems and make decisions. Now investigators are learning how it can also slow disease progression in the brain as one ages. Older women randomly assigned to weight train for an hour, twice a week showed significantly less shrinkage of the white matter in their brain than their counterparts who spent the same amount of time focusing on balance and flexibility. These lesions in the white matter are like potholes that can compromise the ability of messages to travel … Read more

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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