Weekly Health Tips
LIFESTYLE & COGNITIVE RISK
New research suggests that certain lifestyle choices may affect the risk
of cognitive decline. The randomized, controlled trial involved 1,200
adults between 60 and 77 who were at risk for dementia. The
intervention group received specific diet recommendations, did aerobic
and strength training exercises, had computer-based training to sharpen
thinking skilles and attended regular meetings for social interaction.
The control group got only general health advice. After 24 months, the
intervention group's scores were 25% higher in overall cognitive
function, 83% higher in executive function, and 150% higher in mental
processing speed than the control group.