Effect of handball training on cognitive ability in elderly with mild cognitive impairment

Neurosci Lett. 2014 Apr 30;566:98-101. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2014.02.035. Epub 2014 Feb 26.

Abstract

The aim was to examine the effect of handball training on cognitive ability in elderly with mild cognitive impairment. A total of 60 elderly were randomly divided into training group (n=30) and control group (n=30). The mini-mental state examination (MMSE) score and abilities of daily living scale (ADL) score before, after 3-month, and after 6-month intervention period was measured. The results showed that MMSE score was increased and ADL score was decreased in training group after 3-month and 6-month intervention (P<0.05), while there were no significant changes in MMSE or ADL in control group (P£3/40.05). These preliminary results indicated that handball training can improve cognitive ability in elderly with MCI.

Keywords: Aged; Behavioral medicine; Mild cognitive impairment.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cognition*
  • Cognitive Dysfunction / physiopathology
  • Cognitive Dysfunction / psychology*
  • Exercise*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged