Light exercise can protect seniors’ cognitive abilities

Kevin Magna

July 19, 2011

Physical activity can help older adults stave off cognitive impairment, and can reduce the risk of falling and injury. Senior alert systems can be used to ensure the safety of these elderly adults if anything should happen.

Two separate studies were recently conducted to examine the relationship between exercise and mental ability, according to Internal Medicine News. They both found that something as simple as walking can have a substantial effect on cognitive ability.

"It may be important to capture low-intensity physical activity in elderly individuals who are less likely to perform vigorous physical activity," said researchers from the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Toronto.

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, evaluated the effects of regular exercise on women who were 65 years of age or older. Those who walked for 30 minutes per day at a brisk pace displayed cognition that was similar to women who were five to seven years younger than they were.

Many adults are turning to adult tricycles to get their exercise, the Los Angeles Times reports. Trikes are a good option for elderly individuals because it is harder to lose balance on three wheels, and tricycles can be found in recumbent and upright styles, so there is a bike to suit everyone.

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