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Behrman S, Ebmeier KP. Can exercise prevent cognitive decline? Practitioner 2014;258 (1767):17-21

Can exercise prevent cognitive decline?

22 Jan 2014Pais-up subscribers

As the tolerability of pharmacological agents decreases with age, exercise may be particularly helpful as a possible treatment or stabiliser of mood and cognitive function in older age. The effects of exercise on reducing depressive symptoms are not dissimilar to the effects of antidepressant drugs and cognitive behaviour therapy. Exercise has a moderate effect on the ability of people with dementia to perform activities of daily living and may improve cognitive function. Midlife exercise may also have an impact on later cognitive function.

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