Promoting Healthy Cognitive Aging
Promoting Healthy Cognitive Aging Overview:
We now recognize the importance of lifestyle behaviours in promoting healthy cognitive aging and preventing dementia. However, less is known about the impact of lifestyle interventions, such as physical activity, on cognitive outcomes in those at risk for dementia, such as those with mild cognitive impairment and cerebrovascular disease.
In this online course, we highlight past and recent research from the Aging, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at the University of British Columbia that focus on increasing our understanding of how we can promote cognitive health in at-risk older adults.
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Summarize the current research findings regarding the effect of exercise on cognition.
- Identify factors that moderate the effect of exercise on cognition.
- Summarize the relationship between cognitive function and mobility.
Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, PhD, PT, Professor, is a physical therapist and a Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia, Department of Physical Therapy. She directs the Aging, Mobility and Cognitive Health Laboratory, as well as the Vancouver General Hospital’s Falls Prevention Clinic.
Dr. Liu-Ambrose’s research focuses on understanding the role of exercise in promoting cognitive and mobility outcomes in older adults. Her research expertise is in randomized controlled trials, exercise prescription for older adults, cognitive neuroscience, and mobility aging. Her research findings have been implemented into clinical practice, community programs, and influenced international practice guidelines to promote healthy aging.
The Seniors’ Health Division (SHD) is a special interest group within the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. SHD is committed to providing members with services related to older adult health and physiotherapy practice.
It is comprised of physiotherapists from across Canada who work with older adults in a variety of practice settings, including acute geriatric care, geriatric rehabilitative and restorative units, long term care settings, community based and home care settings.
SHD is a member of The International Association of Physical Therapists working with Older Persons.
Vision of the Seniors' Health Division: Older Canadians are moving, moving more and moving better with the help of physiotherapists.
Mission of the Seniors' Health Division: To support our members in providing excellent physiotherapy care to optimize the independence and quality of life of older adults.
Course Material included in this course
Promoting Healthy Cognitive Aging – Sponsored by the CPA’s Seniors’ Health Division
Resistance Training for Brain Health