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Exercise Helps Slow Down Memory Decline

October 19, 2016

Originally published in Time Magazine. A simple walking regimen can slow memory decline in people who already have cognitive problems, a new study suggests One of the most feared diseases among Americans is Alzheimer’s, according to surveys. It’s also one of the most mysterious. Despite some promising developments in drugs that may one day treat or slow the development of the disease, there’s not yet a sound way to successfully treat it. One active area of research into dementia, however, doesn’t involve drugs at all—it involves exercise. In a small new study published in the journal Neurology, a walking program was shown to help elderly people who have early cognitive … Read more

Category: Adding Quality to Later Life Years, Healthy Cognitive Aging, News

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

Category: Adding Quality to Later Life Years, Healthy Cognitive Aging, News

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

Category: Adding Quality to Later Life Years, Healthy Cognitive Aging, News

Fall Prevention – BC’s Ministry of Health

May 30, 2016

Published by The Ministry of Health  Falls are the main reason why older adults lose their independence. Although the risk factors increase with age, falls are not an inevitable part of aging. Preventing falls may even save your life! Use this section of our Seniors website to assess your risk and plan the necessary changes. How Important is it to Stay on Your Feet? • Without prevention efforts, about one third of people aged 65 years and over typically fall once or more each year. • Falls usually happen due to the combined effects of factors that can be prevented. • Most falls occur in seniors’ homes, while doing usual … Read more

Category: Falls Prevention