In people at risk for Alzheimer's disease, exercise was found to improve cognitive function, shows study.
Memory loss leading to Alzheimer's disease is one of the greatest fears among older Americans.
While some memory loss is normal and to be expected as we age, a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, signals more substantial memory loss and a greater risk for Alzheimer's, for which there currently is no cure.
The study, led by Dr. J. Carson Smith, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, provides new hope for those diagnosed with MCI.
It is the first to show that an exercise intervention with older adults with mild cognitive impairment (average age 78) improved not only memory recall, but also brain function, as measured by functional neuroimaging (via fMRI).
The findings are published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.