Relation of physical activity to memory functioning in older adults: The memory workout program

George W. Rebok, Dana J. Plude

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Abstract

This paper describes a Phase I pilot study for the future development and field testing of a prototype CD-ROM program called the MEMORY WORKOUT. The MEMORY WORKOUT helps older adults increase and monitor changes in their daily physical and cognitive activity levels and these effects on physical functioning and memory. A holistic, multimodal model of memory provides the theoretical base for the design of the program. The primary purpose of this program is to enhance users' appreciation for the immediate and longer term benefits of exercise and physical activity on daily mental and physical function. Phase I results with 24 older adults (mean age = 71.2 years) indicate significant cross-sectional relationships among exercise time, exercise efficacy, and word list memory, and moderate to strong interest in improving memory and physical activity. Using Phase I prototype information, the goal of a Phase II project is to produce a complete, interactive, multimedia CD-ROM program that includes fitness training, assessment, and simulation components that are appropriate for adults over age 60.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-259
Number of pages19
JournalEducational Gerontology
Volume27
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2001

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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