There is new evidence that it makes a difference which type of exercise you do if you want to combat memory loss. As we know, it’s a risk factor for dementia and Alzheimer’s.
HealthDay reports, “Elderly women noticing the first signs of memory decline might ward off full-blown dementia by engaging in routine strength training,” according to a research letter published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
MedPage Today explained, “In a randomized, single-blind trial” including 86 women, those “who lifted weights had significant improvements in memory tasks after six months, compared with women in a control group who worked on balance and stretching,” researchers reported.
“Women in a third group, who worked on aerobic training, saw their fitness improve but got no cognitive benefit compared with the control group.”