Staying active is beneficial for both your mind and body. At Parc Communities, we understand as we age, focusing on a healthy lifestyle becomes even more important for our overall well-being. Recent research from the University of California, Irvine published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, found individuals who briefly exercised showed improvement in memory.
The study examined more than 50 adults between the ages of 50 to 85, half who had memory issues and half who did not. The groups of participants were then divided into two groups- one who exercised on a stationary bike for six minutes and the other group who did not exercise at all. All of the exercising participants, regardless of whether they had long term memory impairments or not, showed improved memory after their short time biking.
The researchers believe the benefit may be tied to an exercise-induced brain chemical, norepinephrine, which influences memory. Saliva samples taken from participants found high levels of the biomarker for norepinphrine in the exercise group.
Although these finding are a good start, additional research will need to be conducted. At Parc, our residents lead an active lifestyle through our fitness and wellness programs, along with a busy social calendar.
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