Two Weeks of a Healthy Lifestyle Program Influences Cognition and Brain Function

The risk for cognitive decline increases with age. Approximately 40 percent of people 65 years and older have age-associated memory impairment characterized by self-perception of memory loss and a standardized memory test score demonstrating lower objective memory performance compared with young adults. Such mild age-related memory changes are relatively stable over time. By contrast, patients with mild cognitive impairment, characterized by greater cognitive decline without impairment of activities of daily living, are at risk for progressing to Alzheimer’s disease at a rate of about 15 percent per year.

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