Physical Activity Keeps Seniors Sharp
Friday, January 30, 2015 09:28 PM

Older patients with cerebrovascular pathology had improved executive function and information processing speed if they stayed active, researchers reported.  At a 3-year follow-up dementia-free older patients who lived an active lifestyle had better executive function and information processing speed than those who were not active.  

Other research has shown physical activity to have a protective effect against cognitive decline and against the accumulation of neurological pathology. Group exercise has also been shown to improve cognition in patients with dementia.

"This may be associated with better behavioral outcomes among patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who participate in physical activities over the long-term."