This study was able to draw some conclusions on the correlation between increased physical activity and increased brain cognition
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Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) October 30, 2014
Home Care Assistance – Halton/Peel Region (http://www.GreaterTorontoHomeCare.ca), the area’s leading provider of non-medical, in-home senior care, is weighing in on a recent study linking physical activity to increased brain health.
The study, performed by the University of Illinois, analyzed 88 patients between the ages of 60 and 78 over a week-long period and observed how much time was spent sitting as opposed to daily physical activity. By examining the structural soundness of the white matter in each patient, researchers saw a possible link to exercise and increased brain function. (Source: “Exercise May Help Aging Brains Stay Healthier Longer,” Cognitive Therapeutics Method web site, October 6, 2014; http://cognitivetherapeutics.com/Newsroom/Blog/exercise-may-help-keep-aging-brains-healthier-longer/.)
“Studies such as this are valuable to our senior care services in Hamilton,” says Rick Heinz, owner of Home Care Assistance – Halton/Peel Region. “Being able to assess the validity of these studies and then pass that information onto our caregivers throughout Hamilton is one way we stay up-to-date on the best ways to improve the lives of the seniors we care for.”
Heinz explains that white matter consists of the neurons responsible for allowing the brain to communicate, so analyzing the soundness of the matter is key to assessing whether exercise does play a role in improved brain health.
“This study was able to draw some conclusions on the correlation between increased physical activity and increased brain cognition,” he adds. “Sedentary lifestyles are not encouraged among our seniors by our caregivers in Hamilton, and this study actually proves that inactivity can lead to lower functioning brains.”
The study suggests approximately 10–20 minutes of moderate exercise per day and observes that even gardening and light housework are considered positive activities that can make a difference in improved brain health.
“What we’ve realized throughout our years of providing senior care services in Hamilton is that it’s really about keeping these seniors engaged,” Heinz concludes. “Once they have activities to occupy their mind, seniors seem to function with much more confidence and alertness.”
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