Friday Seminar Series
Friday, Jan 31
PE-2028, 12:00 p.m.
Mandy George, M.Sc candidate, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, will give a talk on
"The effect of physical activity on cognitive function in older adults"
With people living longer now than in the past, in order to make the most of these added years it is important to be both physically and mentally fit. Previous research has indicated that being physically active can positively impact cognitive functioning. The purpose of this study is to determine if the protective effect of physical activity on cognitive functioning can be obtained for older adults who have previously been sedentary. A sample of 45 adults (aged 65 and over), with mild cognitive impairment or early stages of dementia, shall be obtained and prescribed a walking regime for a period of six months. Participants will randomly be assigned one of three levels of activity for them to adhere to for the duration of the study. Cognitive testing will take place at baseline, as well as every two months until the completion of the study to track changes in cognitive functioning. Additionally, assessments based on quality of life will also be made for all participants to determine if increased physical activity and cognitive functioning impacts quality of life. It is expected that older adults who walk more will experience less cognitive decline than older adults who walk less. As well, it is expected that there will be a positive relationship between quality of life and physical activity and cognitive functioning.
For inquiries, please contact Dr. Fabien Basset School of Human Kinetics and Recreation