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Physical activity to improve cognition in older adults: Can physical activity programs enriched with cognitive challenges enhance the effects? A systematic review and meta-analysis

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posted by WM Admin on 2018-07-05 12:59:11.037

The authors of this study note that physical activity (PA) is known to improve cognitive function at older age and emerging research suggests larger cognitive gains may be achieved when PA interventions are combined with cognitive activity (CA). This meta-analysis evaluates these potential synergistic effects 

Forty-one studies were included. The findings of the meta-analysis suggest PA programmes for older adults could integrate challenging cognitive exercises to improve cognitive health, and combined PA + CA programmess could be promoted for preventing as well as treating cognitive decline in older adults. The authors note that "sufficient cognitive challenge seems more important to obtain cognitive effects than high doses of intervention sessions".

This is an open access article and can be read in free full text at: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-018-0697-x

Gheysen, F., et al. (2018).  Physical activity to improve cognition in older adults: Can physical activity programs enriched with cognitive challenges enhance the effects? A systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 15:63