Journal of Aging Research

Physical Exercise and Brain Functions in Older Adults


Publishing date
25 Jan 2013
Status
Published
Submission deadline
07 Sep 2012

Lead Editor

1Centre de Recherche, Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal and Département de Psychologie, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada

2Department of Psychology and Medicine and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA

3Department of Physical Therapy, Brain Research Centre, and the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, Vancouver, BC, Canada


Physical Exercise and Brain Functions in Older Adults

Description

Studies suggest that regular physical activity can help maintain and enhance brain functions in older adults. However, we still do not understand how physical activity impacts the rate of cognitive decline.

One major issue is whether physical activity broadly defined (i.e., activity that is part of one's daily life involving bodily movements and the use of skeletal muscles) or structured exercise (i.e., physical activity that is planned, structured, and purposive to improve physical fitness) leads to the same benefits in preventing age-related cognitive decline. Other issues are still under investigation, such as the dose—response relationship, the level of change or protection provided by physical activity, the basic mechanisms by which this change occurs and whether physical activity can be beneficial despite chronic medical conditions, and neurological or geriatric syndromes. Although recent advancements in brain imaging techniques and genetics have opened new research avenues, more studies are required to find definitive answers to these questions.

We invite investigators to contribute original research as well as review articles that will stimulate the efforts to understand the mechanisms by which older adults' brain functions are enhanced through structured exercise programs. We are interested in studies that assessed the impact of various types of physical activity and exercise on cognitive functioning using behavioral and/or brain imaging measures and its potential enhancing effects on brain integrity in older healthy adults and geriatric patients suffering from chronic diseases, geriatric syndromes, mild cognitive impairment, and dementia. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Effects of structured exercises on cognition and brain measures in older adults
  • Effects of exercises on psychological health factors in older adult population
  • Identification of biomarkers and basic brain mechanisms associated with the effects of structured exercise programs on brain functions
  • Intervention trials proposing new exercise interventions for brain fitness in older age
  • Effects of exercises on brain functions in older adults with chronic diseases and/or geriatric syndromes, cognitive impairment, and dementia

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 197326
  • - Editorial

Physical Exercise and Brain Functions in Older Adults

Louis Bherer | Kirk I. Erickson | Teresa Liu-Ambrose
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 657508
  • - Review Article

A Review of the Effects of Physical Activity and Exercise on Cognitive and Brain Functions in Older Adults

Louis Bherer | Kirk I. Erickson | Teresa Liu-Ambrose
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 791679
  • - Review Article

Sarcopenia, a Neurogenic Syndrome?

Ping Kwan
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 861893
  • - Research Article

Physical Activity Improves Verbal and Spatial Memory in Older Adults with Probable Mild Cognitive Impairment: A 6-Month Randomized Controlled Trial

Lindsay S. Nagamatsu | Alison Chan | ... | Teresa Liu-Ambrose
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 273185
  • - Research Article

Swimming as a Positive Moderator of Cognitive Aging: A Cross-Sectional Study with a Multitask Approach

Amira Abou-Dest | Cédric T. Albinet | ... | Michel Audiffren
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 269815
  • - Research Article

The Effect of Three Months of Aerobic Training on Stroop Performance in Older Adults

David Predovan | Sarah A. Fraser | ... | Louis Bherer
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 948981
  • - Review Article

Potential Moderators of Physical Activity on Brain Health

Regina L. Leckie | Andrea M. Weinstein | ... | Kirk I. Erickson
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 583894
  • - Research Article

Effects of Gait and Cognitive Task Difficulty on Cognitive-Motor Interference in Aging

Prudence Plummer-D'Amato | Briana Brancato | ... | Erin Furey
Journal of Aging Research
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