Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability Shows Mental Improvement

Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability Shows Mental Improvement
shutterstock_201128618Results from the first ever randomized controlled trial of its kind shows that providing older people at risk of dementia with healthy eating assistance, brain training, exercise, and management of metabolic and vascular risk factors slows down cognitive decline. The study, entitled the Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability (FINGER) was recently published in journal The Lancet. The research team led by Professor Miia Kivipelto from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, National Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki, and University of Eastern Finland examined the  comprehensive FINGER program's effects on brain function. The program is designed to address the most relevant risk factors for age-related dementia, including heart health and high body-mass index. A total of 1,260 Finnish people at risk of dementia aged between 60 and 77 years took part in the study. Of these, half were randomly assigned to an intervention group, and the other to a control group that only received health advice. Participants in the intervention group had to participate in meetings over a period of two years with health professionals, and were given comprehensive advice on how to maintain a healthy diet, a comprehensive exercise program
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