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NPR News Nov. 6, 2023

Tai chi helps boost memory, study finds. One type seems most beneficial

by Allison Aubrey

Research shows that a daily dose of tai chi, the slow-moving meditative, martial art can boost our body and brain. A new study finds adding word games to tai chi doubles the increase in memory.

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J Alzheimers Dis JAN. 1, 2017

How Does Exercise Reduce the Rate of Age-Associated Cognitive Decline? A Review of Potential Mechanisms

G Kennedy et al

The rate of age-associated cognitive decline varies considerably between individuals. It is important, both on a societal and individual level, to investigate factors tha …

Ann Intern Med OCT. 31, 2023

Clinical Effectiveness of Cognitively Enhanced Tai Ji Quan Training on Global Cognition and Dual-Task Performance During Walking in Older Adults With Mild Cognitive Impairment or Self-Reported Memory Concerns : A Randomized Controlled Trial

F Li et al

Among community-dwelling older adults with MCI, cognitively enriched tai ji quan therapy was superior to standard tai ji quan and stretching exercise in improving global …

JAMA Neurol DEC. 1, 2022

Estimating the Prevalence of Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment in the US: The 2016 Health and Retirement Study Harmonized Cognitive Assessment Protocol Project

JJ Manly et al

Using a comprehensive neuropsychological test battery and large sample, the national prevalence of dementia and MCI in 2016 found in this cross-sectional study was simila …

Front Public Health SEPT. 1, 2023

Tai Chi for fall prevention and balance improvement in older adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

W Chen et al

Tai Chi is an effective exercise for preventing falls and improving balance ability in older adults, whether they are healthy or at high risk of falling. The effectivenes …

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