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Type: Journal article
Title: A life-long approach to physical activity for brain health
Author: Macpherson, H.
Teo, W.
Schneider, L.
Smith, A.
Citation: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 2017; 9(MAY):147
Publisher: Frontiers
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 1663-4365
1663-4365
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Helen Macpherson, Wei-P. Teo, Luke A. Schneider and Ashleigh E. Smith
Abstract: It is well established that engaging in lifelong Physical activity (PA) can help delay the onset of many chronic lifestyle related and non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type two diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases. Additionally, growing evidence also documents the importance of PA for brain health, with numerous studies indicating regular engagement in physical activities may be protective against cognitive decline and dementia in late life. Indeed, the link between PA and brain health may be different at each stage of life from childhood, mid-life and late life. Building on this emerging body of multidisciplinary research, this review aims to summarize the current body of evidence linking regular PA and brain health across the lifespan. Specifically, we will focus on the relationship between PA and brain health at three distinct stages of life: childhood and adolescence, mid-life, late life in cognitively healthy adults and later life in adults living with age-related neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease (PD) and Alzheimer's disease (AD).
Keywords: cognition; exercise; neurodegenerative disease; neuroplasticity; physical inactivity; sedentary behavior
Rights: © 2017 Macpherson, Teo, Schneider and Smith. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
RMID: 0030075370
DOI: 10.3389/fnagi.2017.00147
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