July 23, 2014
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

 Health Home >>  >>   

Aerobic exercise helps with memory in older women

Written by: QMI AGENCY
Apr. 9, 2014

(Fotolia)


Older women who do regular aerobic exercise boost an area of the brain associated with verbal memory and learning, a new Canadian study has found.

Ad
The researchers from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver looked at how exercise affected the hippocampal volume of the brain in 86 women between the ages of 70 and 80.

The hippocampus is sensitive to the effects of aging and neurological damage.

The size of their hippocampus was assessed at the start and the end of the six-month period using an MRI scan, and their verbal memory and learning capacity were assessed before and after as well.

The women who completed the six months of aerobic training had significantly larger hippocampi than those who just did balance or muscle-toning exercises, the study found.

The research was published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

View more news


Did you find what you were looking for on our website? Please let us know.

The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and are meant to be discussed with your physician or other qualified health care professional before being acted on. Never disregard any advice given to you by your doctor or other qualified health care professional. Always seek the advice of a physician or other licensed health care professional regarding any questions you have about your medical condition(s) and treatment(s). This site is not a substitute for medical advice.

© 1996 - 2014 MediResource Inc. - MediResource reaches millions of Canadians each year.