Reversal of Cognitive Decline

Across the globe, there has been an increased incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive impairment in the populace. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and it is estimated that every 66 seconds a new person in the US develops the disease. The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease is so significant that it […] Read More

Evaluating the Relationships between Balance, Cognition, and Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) symptoms are usually classified as cognitive decline, psychiatric manifestations (such as agitation, anxiety, and apathy), and physical impairments. Falls and related injuries are more common in Alzheimer’s disease patients than in healthy individuals of similar age.1-5 As AD progresses and balance is lost, the ability for an individual to live independently is […] Read More

Exercise Increases Hippocampal Volume and Improves Memory

  The hippocampus is the area in the brain primarily associated with the formation of memories. It is believed that the hippocampus is principally involved in storing long-term memories and in making those memories resistant to forgetting.1 Several researchers from the fields of psychology and kinesiology came together to evaluate whether there is a relationship […] Read More

Does Pairing Exercise with Rivastigmine Patch Improve Alzheimer’s Outlook?

  The Rivastigmine transdermal patch is used to treat some people with dementia in Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Rivastigmine is classified as a medication called a cholinesterase inhibitor. It functions by increasing the amount of a certain natural substance in the brain, which improves mental function (such as memory and thinking).1   Use physical […] Read More

Meeting Physical Activity Recommendations has Benefits Beyond Your Waistline

  Physical activity has been demonstrated to benefit brain health. However, it was previously unknown whether the existing recommendations for duration and intensity of physical activity have any substantive benefits. The researchers in this study attempted to address this questions by comparing temporal lobe volumes among older adults who met the physical activity recommendations and […] Read More

Benefits of Exercise and Multicomponent Cognitive Intervention on Alzheimer’s disease

  Alzheimer’s disease is associated with a decline in cognitive function and memory. The large clinical trials evaluating pharmacological treatments have not found an effective treatment for stopping the development of this debilitating condition. Researchers have begun to look at behavioral changes as a possible way of addressing the cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease. […] Read More

Physical Activity Beneficial for Individuals at Genetic Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

  There are numerous benefits to being physically active, such as losing weight, lowering blood pressure, preventing depression, and reducing the odds of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Also, exercise changes the brain in ways that protect memory and thinking skills.1 Researchers have even found that simply avoiding a sedentary lifestyle can have dramatic […] Read More

Effects of a Combined Exercise Program Using an iPad for Older Adults

  The benefits of exercise have been documented in numerous studies, but in 2012 only 15% of older adults between 65–75 years and 8% of adults over 75 in the United States met the 2008 guidelines (at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity) for aerobic and strength […] Read More