The Effect of Physical Activity Over the Lifespan on Cognitive Function
PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractA large body of research suggests that physical activity can help prevent cognitive decline in older adults by contributing to their cognitive reserve. The aim of this project was to develop a questionnaire to measure physical activity over the lifespan, in order to examine the effects of activity on cognition in older adults. We collected data on two participants concerning their physical activities in every decade of their lives, and the intensity levels of those activities, by means of the Physical Activity over the Lifespan Questionnaire (PALQ). The preliminary results of the data analysis suggest that higher levels of physical activity over the lifespan are related to higher episodic memory performance. Further research is needed to support these claims.
Degree ProgramHonors College