Benefits of Exercise For Elderly People

Exercise boosted the human brain’s ability to retain and create new connections that are critical to cognitive health. A brain region critical to memory and learning has been found to grow in size as a result of regular exercise, resulting in superior spatial memory.

Exercise Helps Protect the Brain’s Synapses Against Deterioration in Older Persons Who Are Physically Active

Active seniors are less likely to need assistance from others. Balance and coordination may be improved by exercising, which in turn improves your posture, strength, energy, and flexibility. Physical activity can also aid in the creation of the growth hormones necessary to support brain cell regeneration. Maintaining a more active lifestyle can help avoid or at least lessen the symptoms of some diseases, such as diabetes, depression, and heart disease.

A UC San Francisco study discovered that older adults with active lifestyles have higher levels of a protein class that helps maintain healthy connections between neurons in the brain.

“Synaptic protein regulation is tied to physical activity and may underlie the enhanced cognitive outcomes we see,” says research main author Dr. Kaitlin Casaletto, an associate professor of neurology.

It was the efforts of neuropsychologist Casaletto and psychiatry professor Dr. William Honer, a senior author of the study from the University of British Columbia, that allowed them to use data from Rush University’s Memory and Aging Project. Elderly people who volunteered to donate their brains as part of this study were monitored for physical activity in their later years.

It may be crucial to protect the integrity of the connections between neurons, because the synapse is where cognition takes place, according to Casaletto’s findings. An easy-to-use item like exercise can assist improve synapse functioning.

Better Nerve Signals Due to Higher Intake of Proteins

Active older adults had greater amounts of proteins that enable communication between neurons, according to research by Honer and Casaletto. When it came to ageing, persons who had higher levels of these proteins in their brains at death had superior cognitive function into their later years.

According to Honer, the researchers were shocked to discover that the effects extended beyond the hippocampus, the brain region responsible for memory, and affected other areas linked to cognitive performance as well.

Dr. Honer speculated that physical exercise may have a worldwide stabilizing impact by maintaining and encouraging good protein function, which would in turn help in synaptic transmission throughout the brain.

Neurons Protect Brains with Dementia Symptoms

It appears that the neurotoxicity that leads to Alzheimer’s disease appears to be mitigated in older persons with greater levels of proteins linked with synaptic integrity.” “As a whole, these two studies demonstrate the potential necessity of maintaining synaptic health to support the brain against Alzheimer’s disease.”

Nearly 5.5 million people die each year from noncommunicable illnesses as a result of sedentary lifestyles.  Physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of cognitive decline, and this association has been studied extensively. Exercise can be used as a preventative approach against age-related memory loss and neurodegeneration. As we age, our brains lose structural and functional integrity if we don’t engage in regular physical activity. At least two hours of moderate aerobic activity each week is recommended for people over the age of 60.

Exercise Routines that are Suitable for Seniors

  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Dancing
  • Water aerobics
  • Cycling
  • Yoga
  • Pilates exercises
  • Sit to Stand
  • Hip Flexor Stretch
  • T-Rows
  • Bridge
  • Knee Extension Stretch
  • Balance and flexibility exercises

Journal Reference:

  1. Late‐life physical activity relates to brain tissue synaptic integrity markers in older adults. Kaitlin Casaletto, Alfredo Ramos‐Miguel, Aron Buchman, David Bennett, William Honer Alzheimer’s & Dementia, 2022; DOI: 10.1002/alz.12530

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