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Cognitive aging and the promise of physical activity

Erickson, K.I., Donofry, S.D., Sewell, K.R., Brown, B.M.ORCID: 0000-0001-7927-2540 and Stillman, C.M. (2022) Cognitive aging and the promise of physical activity. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 18 (1). pp. 417-442.

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Is the field of cognitive aging irretrievably concerned with decline and deficits, or is it shifting to emphasize the hope of preservation and enhancement of cognitive function in late life? A fragment of an answer comes from research attempting to understand the reasons for individual variability in the extent and rate of cognitive decline. This body of work has created a sense of optimism based on evidence that there are some health behaviors that amplify cognitive performance or mitigate the rate of age-related cognitive decline. In this context, we discuss the role of physical activity on neurocognitive function in late adulthood and summarize how it can be conceptualized as a constructive approach both for the maintenance of cognitive function and as a therapeutic for enhancing or optimizing cognitive function in late life. In this way, physical activity research can be used to shape perceptions of cognitive aging.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Centre for Healthy Ageing
Publisher: Annual Reviews Inc.
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