New research shows that computer use may assist the elderly in avoiding memory loss, as long as they add exercise into their routine.
New research published in the May 2012 Issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings has reported a decrease in the likelihood of memory loss in older adults who regularly exercise and use the computer. The combination of both activities was found to preserve memory function more than exercise or computer use by themselves. TrekDesk treadmill desks offer a unique solution that allows individuals to exercise while using their computers.
The study’s author Dr. Yonas Geda, a physician scientist with Arizona’s Mayo Clinic commented to Fox News on the results of his study, “We know that from our previous studies, physical exercise is independently associated with better memory and computer use is independently associated with better memory, We found that this combination had a synergistic interaction. It means two plus three becomes eight instead of just five.” “Our argument is that perhaps the physical exercise increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain, and then the computer activity enhances the communication between nerve cells,” Geda related. “So the exercise brings the resources and raw material, and then the computer activity is implementing it.”
The study involved 926 adults aged 70 to 93. Each participant responded to a questionnaire tracking their computer use and exercise levels over a year period. Study participants who did not engage in exercise or use a computer had a 20.1% rate of normal cognition with 37.6% showing signs of mild cognitive impairment. Participants who exercised and used the computer had a 36% rate of normal cognition and only 18.3% rate of mild cognitive impairment.
“This adds to research conducted by the University of Illinois that showed 15% gains in cognitive abilities in elderly patients who walked 10,000 steps per day over a 6 month period,” stated Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk Treadmill Desks. “Study after study is showing that mental health and abilities are directly tied to activity levels at all ages.”
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