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A walk a day keeps your memory from going away

July 12, 2016

Originally published in The Globe and Mail Hearing about the benefits of exercise can get old. Sure, physical activity is good for the bones, brain and heart – and may even help ward off cancer. But it’s tough to stay motivated if you’re too busy, hate gyms or have a bum knee. If you’re in that boat, this could be the jolt that gets you lacing up those sneakers: Daily movement, starting in midlife, is the best defence against age-related memory loss, according to a landmark Australian study. After following 387 women for two decades, researchers at the University of Melbourne found that participants who did some form of movement … Read more

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Significant Drop in Walking Speed Predicts Future Cognitive Decline in Older Adults

June 5, 2016

Published by Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute Study highlights link between physical and cognitive performance and directionality of physical decline before cognitive decline. While getting physically slower in later years is simply a part of getting older, a new study led by Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) scientist Dr. John Best spotlights how a significant decrease in gait speed is a possible predictor of future cognitive decline among older adults. The study, recently published in the Journals of Gerontology: Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, examined the more nuanced relationship between cognitive decline and gait speed, defined as a person’s usual pace over a fairly short distance (four … Read more

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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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