SENIORS TAKE NOTE – GET UP and OUT

by michellerogers on August 25, 2009

Now there is more evidence that being on the move is helpful to seniors. Deborah E. Barnes of the University of California-San Francisco studied changes in levels of both physical activity and cognitive function over seven years in more than 3,000 persons aged 70-79. According to researchers, sedentary elders who began new aerobic exercise programs experienced improvements in cognitive function, especially the ability to process complex information quickly.

If seniors can’t get up and out, consider this memory recall exercise: Make lists of things to do or lists of state capitals or countries in Europe (or anything you can think of). Challenge them to repeat as many as possible an hour or so later.

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