Aerobic Exercise Might Help Older Adults with Thinking Problems


A new study from Duke Medical Center has found that just three days a week of moderate aerobic exercise may improve thinking skills in older adults with cognitive impairments.




The study looked at older adults who were having trouble concentrating, making decisions or remembering — but didn’t have severe enough symptoms to be diagnosed with dementia.


Researchers found that after six months of cycling on a stationary bicycle, jogging or walking three days a week for 35 minutes a session, participants had significant improvement in their thinking skills related to their own behavior, attention, organization and goals., Exercising did not improve memory in this population, though.


The study involved 160 people over 65 who were sedentary at the start of the study.


The study was published this week in the online medical journal for the American Academy of Neurology.



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