Exercise is good for the form, for the heart, the circulation, but it would be good for the memory as well. The American Neurology Association recommends two exercise sessions a week for people with mild cognitive impairment.
Move! It's good for the memory If the physical exercise helps to keep in shape, it would also help to maintain the memory. Older people lose some of their cognitive function as they age, this is a common phenomenon.
It is not about dementia, but about mild disorders such as difficulties in understanding information read, or performing some difficult tasks. But, it is not a problem to wash or feed, as is the case with dementia.
Doing two sports sessions a week would help fight these mild cognitive problems, according to the American Neurology Association.
No effective treatment for cognitive disorders
Several recommendations are published in Neurology, the Journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Physicians should recommend that their cognitively impaired patients exercise twice a week as part of a comprehensive symptom-management approach.
The association recalls that no treatment or medication has been proven effective in the treatment of cognitive disorders. No long-term, good-quality study shows that thinking faculties or memory problems have been improved.
"It's really good news that exercise can improve memory, because it's something everyone can do and of course has more positive effects," said lead researcher Ronald. C. Petersen, Member of the American Neurology Association. Worldwide, more than 37% of people over 85 are affected by cognitive disorders.