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Physical Activity Anytime During Adulthood Protects Cognition

Journal Neurology and Neurosurgery

Numerous studies show that regular physical activity helps ward off dementia and other neurological problems. Now a study in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry adds more nuance to the topic, showing that any regular leisure-time physical activity at any period in an adult’s life confers sharper memory and cognitive function later in life.

Study Details

Part of the 1946 British birth cohort study, this trial was designed to examine how timing, frequency, and maintenance of leisure-time physical activity impact cognition in later life.

Scientists administered the ACE-111 cognitive test at age 69 and then compared the results with physical activity levels reported at ages 36, 43, 53, 60–64, and 69. There were three categories — inactive; moderately active (1–4 times per month); and most active (5 or more times per month).

Various health, cognitive ability, socioeconomic, educational, and genetic components were factored into the study.

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