AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 4, 2017

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Exercise May Slow Brain Aging By 10 Years for Older People

For this study, researchers looked at 876 people. They were asked how long and how often they had exercised the past two weeks prior to the study. Approximately seven years later, the same people were asked to complete memory tests and thinking assessments as well as have an MRI. Another five years later and they were tested on memory and thinking skills again. Based on this study, researchers found that exercise in older people is associated with a slower rate of decline for thinking skills that can occur with normal aging. “The number of people over the age of 65 in the United States is on the rise, meaning the public health burden of thinking and memory problems will likely grow,” said study author Clinton B. Wright, MD, MS, of the University of Miami in Miami, Fla., and member of the American Academy of Neurology. “Our study showed that for older people, getting regular exercise may be protective, helping them keep their cognitive abilities longer.” To read more, click here

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