Computer use combined with exercise could reduce risk of mild cognitive impairment
Published 1 May 2012
Moderate exercise combined with mentally stimulating activities such as using a computer could decrease your risk of mild cognitive impairment according to recently published research.
The study, in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, involved 926 people in Olmsted County, Minnesota aged 70-93. Participants completed self reported questionnaires on physical exercise and computer use within one year prior to the date of interview.
The researchers found that of the participants who did not exercise and did not use a computer, 20.1 per cent were cognitively normal and 37.6 per cent showed signs of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Of those who both exercised and used a computer, 36 per cent were cognitively normal and 18.3 per cent showed signs of MCI.
Alzheimer's Society comment:
'There is already considerable evidence to show that donning the walking shoes, or hitting the tennis courts can have real benefits for your head as well as your heart. Although we need to know more before we can say for sure whether using computers has real additional benefits and why this could be, we would encourage any older people who enjoy using them to keep it up.
Prof Clive Ballard
Director of Research
Research reference: 'Computer activities, physical exercise, aging and mild cognitive impairment: A population-based study' by Geda et al in Mayo Clinic Proceedings
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