NPI Research-After stroke, exercise improves memory and thinking
Exercise classes for people who have experienced a stroke may help improve their cognitive abilities along with their physical abilities. Review Press Release- http://www.strokecongress.ca/2012/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Monday_Oct1_2012-EN-Health.pdf
STUDY: An exercise program of aerobic and strength training was adapted for 41 people with stroke (70% had mild to moderate walking problems requiring a cane or walker) who attended five days a week. The exercises were geared to support daily functions by including walking and squats along with traditional weight lifting.
FINDINGS: There were “significant improvements” in overall brain function at the conclusion of the program, with the most improvement in attention, concentration, planning and organizing. Muscular strength and walking ability also increased.
COMMENT: “If we can improve cognition through exercise, which also has many physical benefits, then this should become a standard of care for people following stroke,” recommended lead researcher Susan Marzolini of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. “Modified exercise programs are desperately needed—they can be adapted for people following stroke, and we think they can provide huge health benefits.”
SOURCE: Canadian Stroke Congress (October 1, 2012)
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