Even a small amount of physical exercise can significantly protect older adults from long-term memory loss that can occur suddenly following infection, illness, or injury.
In a new study, researchers show that aging rats that ran just over half a kilometer each week were protected against infection-induced memory loss.
“Our research shows that a small amount of physical exercise by late middle-aged rats profoundly protects against exaggerated inflammation in the brain and long-lasting memory impairments that follow a serious bacterial infection,” says Ruth Barrientos, research associate of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado.
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