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Regular aerobic exercise slows the progression of brain atrophy and improves cognitive brain function. Mild cognitive impairment and dementia affects:
Research evidence strongly suggests that increased physical exercise may not only improve physical function in older adults, but may also slow the progression of cognitive decline.
Brain Fit classes include a variety of activities to promote gentle stretching, strength training, balance, and endurance that have been associated with improved cognitive function.
Gentle stretches to warm up the muscles also direct participants’ awareness to their muscles and muscle tension.
Designed to help individuals maintain mobility and muscle strength, strength training exercises are designed to help participants safely perform daily activities such as standing up from a chair, getting in and out of a car, carrying groceries, and walking.
Balance exercises isolate and develop the movements necessary for safe mobility, such as shift weight from one side of the body to the other. Additionally, these exercises also increase body awareness which helps with mobility.
Endurance activities help to maintain or improve overall cardiovascular health, physical status, and mood.
Each participant is assessed at the beginning of each class. Activity level is modified to the individual participant’s ability and is increased incrementally as they improve over time.