Active aging lifestyle with healthy cognition: A pilot study for an ExCITE solution
Co-Lead PI: Masato Kawabata
Funding Agency: Ageing Research Institute for Society and Education (ARISE)
Duration: 2017 - 2019
Considering the increasing aging population and threat of dementia, research about the plasticity of the aging active brain has important public health implication (Chaddock, Voss, & Kramer, 2012). Cognitive and physical exercise done independently can enhance cognition in both cognitively normal and cognitively impaired individuals. A review of such interventions (Karr, Areshenkoff, Rast, & Garcia-Barrera, 2014) has suggested that combining both cognitive and exercise training in an intervention programme may be advantageous to increase this enhancement. This type of activity has yet to be well researched and implemented.
Given the hotel and humid climate and community environments (e.g., sidewalks and street traffic) in Singapore, common aerobic exercises such as walking and jogging may not be the first choice for sedentary older adults in Singapore. Therefore, we propose to develop an intervention programme (ExCITE: Exercise-Cognition Integrated Training for Enhancement) that incorporates both cognitive and physical exercise components that can be easily implemented and weaved into the lifestyles of our aging population. To this end, the present proposed project aims to fill the research gap and develop a cognitive control exercise training programme, which integrates both components of cognition and physical exercise based on a new training paradigm.