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– 188 community-dwelling older adults (53.7% female; 63.98±7.3 years)
– 7 day physical activity behaviour monitoring
– Light physical activity is associated with higher executive functioning in community-dwelling older adults
– This strengthens the evidence supporting exercise as a neuroprotective agent
– Gill SJ, et al
– 226 (52.2% female) community dwelling middle-aged and older adults (66.5±6.4 yrs) in the Brain in Motion Study
– Completed the Lifetime Total Physical Activity Questionnaire and underwent neuropsychological and cerebrovascular blood flow testing
– Significant associations between higher levels of PA (i.e., total lifetime, recreational, vigorous PA, and past year) and better cognitive function in later life
Nishiguchi S Yamada M Tanigawa T Sekiyama K Kawagoe T Suzuki M, et al.
– Community-dwelling older adults (N = 48) were randomized into an exercise group (n = 24) and a control group (n = 24).
– Exercise group received a weekly dual task-based multimodal exercise class in combination with pedometer-based daily walking exercise during the 12-wk intervention phase
– Control group did not receive any intervention and were instructed to spend their time as usual during the intervention phase
– The program improved the efficiency of brain activation which is associated with improvements in memory and executive function