Weight training can improve cognitive functions in the elderly

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 8th Dec 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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New research is showing that brain function can improve in the elderly with weight loss training. Weight loss training in the elderly can improve their cognitive ability and works better than other forms of exercise.

Seniors pumping iron to lose weight

Montrealers would not normally think of seniors pumping iron to lose weight, but a recent Canadian study shows that seniors who are in the early stages of dementia may actually slow the progression of the disease. Dementia affects the cognitive abilities of the individual to the point that they are no longer functional. Montrealers who find it hard to think of seniors pumping iron to lose weight are going to find it even harder to make the connection between exercise and restoring mental faculties.

Study done on women

The researchers in a recent study selected women in their 70’s and 80’s with mild cognitive impairment. The researchers divided the women into three groups; those who would be doing aerobics, those who would be doing resistance training, and those who would be doing balance and tone training. The study was done over a six month period.

They then retested their memories and other cognitive abilities (first done before the study) at the end of the study. These tests were deemed necessary for individuals to function independently in society. They even performed MRIs on the participants.

They found that the group who did the weight training had a significant improvement in their mental skills.

Weight training can improve brain function

Teresa Liu-Ambrose, the study's principal investigator who's with the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility and the Brain Research Centre at VCH, says the study was meant to show that cognitive decline can be slowed with exercise.

"What our results show is that resistance training can indeed improve both your cognitive performance and your brain function," she said in a statement.

The study was conducted at the Department of Psychology and Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

Though more research is needed, Montrealers and seniors everywhere can be excited over these new findings. It never hurts to exercise even as we age.

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author avatar brendamarie
8th Dec 2015 (#)

Carol, great article. I have to agree with that it at least helps as my father-in-law dos simple exercises on a daily basis.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
8th Dec 2015 (#)

Indeed exercise at every age is good, especially on the elderly will help them improve their health and prevent many diseases

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author avatar writestuff
8th Dec 2015 (#)

Timely and informative post. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar spirited
8th Dec 2015 (#)

Arnold Schwarzenegger won't get dementia then, I like your reporting of these latest research findings Carol.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
9th Dec 2015 (#)

Dont worry Spirited hes already demented, the Governator as California governor was in a state of non reality

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