Prof. Teresa Liu-Ambrose
Centre for Hip Health and Mobility
Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
University of British Columbia
Prof. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, PhD, PT, Professor, is a physical therapist and a Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia, Department of Physical Therapy. She directs the Aging, Mobility and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (http://cogmob.rehab.med.ubc.ca) — one of Canada’s leading research programs that contribute to healthy aging — as well as the Vancouver General Hospital’s Falls Prevention Clinic (www.fallsclinic.ca).
Theme: Exercise and active lifestyle
Exercise for Brain Health
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Cognitive decline is a common feature of aging. Physical activity is a modifiable lifestyle factor that has been identified as positively impacting cognitive health of older adults. In this presentation, we will review the current evidence from epidemiological (i.e., longitudinal cohort) and intervention studies on the role of physical activity and exercise in promoting cognitive health in older adults with and without cognitive impairment. We will highlight potential underlying mechanisms and moderators. We conclude with limitations and future directions in this rapidly expanding field of research.