Cardiorespiratory Fitness Improves Memory among Older Adults

Older adults who have larger heart and lung health also have perfect memory recall and cognitive abilities. The study, which appears online in the Gerontology Journal, examines the link between CRF (cardiorepiratory fitness), memory and cognition in older and young adults.

Aging is linked with decline in executive function (planning, solving and organizing) and extensive-term memory for events. CRF has been linked with improved executive function in older adults, but the link with extensive-term memory remains unclear.

Experts matched 33 young adults (age 18-31) and 28 adults (age 55-82) with a big range of cardiorespiratory level. Participants finished exercise testing to evaluate their cardiorespiractory work and neuropsychological testing to judge their memory, problem solving and planning capabilities.

Further, standardized neuropsychological jobs of executive function and extensive-term memory, participants linked in laboratory job in which they had to learn face-name links.

According to the experts these findings demonstrate that the effect of CRF is not restricted to executive job, but also spreads to long-term memory. “Our findings that CRF may alleviate age-related cognitive decrease is appealing for a variety of factors, including the aerobic activities to improve CRF (dancing, walking etc) are cheap, accessible and could potentially get better standard of life by delaying cognitive decrease and prolonging independent job,” described corresponding author Scott Haynes, Boston University of Medicine assistant professor and the Associate Director of the Veteran center Neuroimaging Research.

More research is required to explore the unique mechanism and how physical fitness improve brain structure and job as well as to clarify impact of unique exercise programs or dose of exercise (intensity, frequency, duration) on a range of cognitive jobs, he included.