Exercise Helps Elderly Avoid Dementia, Improve Memory

September 3, 2008

According to a new report released by researchers from the University of Melbourne, Australia, regular exercise such as walking can help the elderly improve their memory, and delay the onset of dementia...Washington (ChattahBox) – According to a new report released by researchers from the University of Melbourne, Australia, regular exercise such as walking can help the elderly improve their memory, and delay the onset of dementia.

The study was carried out by looking at a total of 138 adults with an average age being 69.

At the start of the study, all of those who took part stated that they were having memory problems, but did not have the criteria to be considered to be suffering from dementia.

Those in the study were split into 2 groups, and were followed for 18 months.

The first group took part in regular exercise, mainly walking for a period of 20 minutes every day, compared to the other group who did not do the exercise.

Those who did the exercise plan performed far better in terms of their memory and brain function during testing.

They saw improvement sin their overall memory, while the group who did not do the exercise saw a further decline.

The study has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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