ASU study to look at non-drug treatments that could help prevent Alzheimer's disease
A study out of Arizona State University will explore how exercise and brain training can affect memory in people who have mild cognitive impairment.
First let's define mild cognitive impairment…
"For people with MCI, it may be difficult for them to do things as efficiently as they used to, but they are fully capable," said Fang Yu. She’s a professor and the Edson Chair in Dementia Translational Nursing Science at ASU.
She says MCI is an important phase because not everyone will progress to dementia.
"And what we're hoping to accomplish is using exercise on cognitive activities to prevent people from going into dementia," she says
The study’s open to anyone 65 and older. Participants will also receive a paid gym membership and MRI brain scans.
"So basically, what we're hoping to do is identify non drug treatments for preventing Alzheimer's disease, because Alzheimer's disease is a pathology that develops over years and decades."
Yu says staying socially active and continuing to work can help maintain brain health. Here are other tips Yu recommends:
■ 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week.
■ 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity per day, most days of the week
■ 2-3 days per week; training large muscle groups
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To learn more about an ASU study aimed at preventing Alzheimer’s Disease, go to https://www.theacttrial.com