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How does exercise affect brain function in older people?

Brain function improved for older women who walked only 1 1/2 hours per week. Cognitive decline as a consequence of aging is getting more attention now that Baby Boomers are entering their golden years. A study of 18,766 women, ages 70 to 81 years, not only revealed that exercise can increase brain power, but it reduces the risk of cognitive decline by 20% in those who exercise. Another study focused on 349 men and women who were age 55 and older. After six years of monitoring, the subjects who were fitter demonstrated less decline in mental acuity.

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