Staying physically active later in life is a cornerstone of healthy aging, and a new study suggests that older adults can reap considerable cognitive benefits. Researchers from the University of Otago in New Zealand found a distinct correlation between aerobic activity and an improvement in certain areas of brain function.
The findings, which were recently published in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, were based on an analysis of previously conducted research, and most of them revealed that older adults who were more physically active performed better on mental tests. In particular, they improved selective attention and working memory.
The most recent results echo numerous other studies that suggest exercise is one of the most important parts of senior living. In fact, researchers have found that physical activity could help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, physically able older adults should consider getting around 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week, a goal which can be reached with the help of home care professionals. Additionally, experts suggest adding two days of strength building exercises.