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Exercise is good for the brain, but what type is best?

Exercise may help improve brain health and prevent dementia, but what form of exercise is the most effective?

That question is the focus of a study in The University of Queensland’s School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences.

Professor Jeff Coombes and his research team are part of a $2 million international study to find out what type of exercise is best for brain health in older adults with memory problems.

“This will be the first direct comparison of three very different kinds of exercise to improve memory and thinking abilities in older adults,” Professor Coombes said.

“More than 500 people over the age of 60 will be recruited across Australia and Canada.

“We’re seeking people who are concerned about their memory or thinking abilities, but are able to complete daily activities independently.

“They will be randomly assigned to one of three different exercise groups: aerobic training, strength training, and balance and mobility training.”

Participants will exercise three times a week for 12 months under the supervision of an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.

They will also undergo assessments of their memory, physical function, body composition and blood vessel function.

Exercise sessions will last between 30 and 60 minutes, and will take place at research sites at Aveo in Durack, UQ Healthy Living in Toowong or UQ’s St Lucia campus.

Professor Coombes said volunteers in the trial would benefit greatly from taking part.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to get a free personal trainer for a year and at the same time contribute to understanding more about what type of exercise is best for the brain.”

For further information please visit or contact Rachael Skinner,, 0499 277 000 to discuss your suitability for participation.

Media: Dani Nash, UQ Communications, , +61 7 3346 3035, @UQhealth.

The story first appeared on UQ News.

Five questions for Julie-Anne Whittaker

This month we spoke to Julie-Anne Whittaker, UQ Health Care Nurse Practitioner at Aveo Durack.

How long have you been working with UQ Health Care at the St Lucia Clinic?
Since July 2012

What does a typical day look like for you?
A typical day can include visiting residents with acute health concerns and prescribing a treatment plan, reviewing residents who have been unwell to ensure they are responding to treatment, reviewing healthy residents monthly as part of a general check-up and arranging geriatrician reviews via telehealth. Providing end of life care to residents is an important part of my role to ensure residents remain comfortable and family are supported during this difficult time.

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