Journal article

Light physical activity is positively associated with cognitive performance in older community dwelling adults

Liam G Johnson, Michael L Butson, Remco C Polman, Isaac S Raj, Erika Borkoles, David Scott, Dawn Aitken, Graeme Jones

JOURNAL OF SCIENCE AND MEDICINE IN SPORT | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the associations between an objective measure of different intensities of physical activity, upper- and lower-limb muscle strength and psychomotor performance and set-shifting domains of cognitive executive function in older adults. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study. METHODS: From the Tasmanian Older Adult Cohort Study, 188 community-dwelling older adults (53.7% female; mean age±SD 63.98±7.3 years) undertook 7-day physical activity behaviour monitoring using an accelerometer. Dynamometers were used to assess leg extension strength. The Trail Maker Tests were used to measure psychomotor processing speed and set-shifting performance. RESULTS: When controlling for age, smo..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The TASOAC study was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia; Arthritis Foundation of Australia; Tasmanian Community Fund; University of Tasmania Institutional Research Grants Scheme. This analysis was supported by the Australian Government's Collaborative Research Networks program. We wish to thank the TASOAC staff and volunteers, in particular the study coordinator Catrina Boon, and we are appreciative of the time and efforts of all the TASOAC participants.