Physical Activity and the Aging Brain

Physical Activity and the Aging Brain : Effects of Exercise on Neurological Function

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Physical Activity and the Aging Brain: Effects of Exercise on Neurological Function is a complete guide to the manifold effects of exercise and physical activity on the aging brain. Cognitive decline and motor impairment, onset of diseases and disorders, and even changes in family structure and social settings that occur as we age can all impact activity levels, yet continued physical activity is crucial for successful neurological functioning.

This book examines the role that exercise and physical activity play in halting or modulating the deleterious effects of these numerous aging concerns by first examining the current state of research into how exercise manifests physical changes in the brain. It then discuss how physical activity combines with other lifestyle factors to benefit the aging brain, including nutrition, computerized brain training, and social engagement. Most significantly, it also covers how physical activity can serve as therapy to help alleviate the symptoms of various neurological diseases impacting aging populations, with particular emphasis on Alzheimer's disease and age-related cognitive decline.

The book provides broad coverage of the effects of exercise and physical activity on the aging brain, its therapeutic effects, and the many factors that influence the aging process.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 238 pages
  • 216 x 276 x 17.78mm | 980g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 0128050942
  • 9780128050941
  • 1,150,266

Table of contents

Part I. Overview of Exercise and Neurological Changes

Chapter 1. Effects of Physical Activity on the Cerebral Networks

Chapter 2. Exercise and the Developing Brain in Children and Adolescents

Chapter 3. Differential Expression of the Brain Proteome in Physical Training

Chapter 4. Physical Exercise-Induced Changes in Brain Temperature

Part II. Drugs of Abuse With Exercise to Modify Neurological Structure and Function

Chapter 5. Physical Activity as a Therapeutic Intervention for Addictive Disorders: Interactions With Methamphetamine

Chapter 6. Pharmacological Intervention of Brain Neurotransmission Affects Exercise Capacity

Chapter 7. The Endocannabinoid System and Chronic Disease: Opportunity for Innovative Therapies

Part III. Factors Modulating Exercise in Aging and Neurological Consequences

Chapter 8. Changes in Cerebral Blood Flow During Steady-State Exercise

Chapter 9. Biochemical Mechanisms Associated With Exercise-Induced Neuroprotection in Aging Brains and Related Neurological Diseases

Chapter 10. Role of Melatonin Supplementation During Strenuous Exercise

Part IV. Exercise as Therapy for Neurological Diseases

Chapter 11. Mechanisms of Functional Recovery With Exercise and Rehabilitation in Spinal Cord Injuries

Chapter 12. Neural Structure, Connectivity, and Cognition Changes Associated to Physical Exercise

Chapter 13. The Effect of Exercise on Motor Function and Neuroplasticity in Parkinson's Disease

Chapter 14. Physical Exercise and Its Effects on Alzheimer's Disease

Chapter 15. Cortical Reorganization in Response to Exercise

Chapter 16. Exercise Enhances Cognitive Capacity in the Aging Brain

Part V. Lifestyle Exercise Affecting Neurological Structure and Function in Older Adults

Chapter 17. Synergistic Effects of Combined Physical Activity and Brain Training on Neurological Functions

Chapter 18. Physical Activity: Effects of Exercise on Neurological Function

Chapter 19. Update of Nutritional Antioxidants and Antinociceptives on Improving Exercise-Induced Muscle Soreness

Chapter 20. Effects of Exercise-Altered Immune Functions on Neuroplasticity
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About Ronald Ross Watson

Ronald Ross Watson PhD is a professor of Health Promotion Sciences in the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. He was one of the founding members of this school serving the mountain west of the USA. He is a professor of Family and Community Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of Arizona. He began his research in public health at the Harvard School of Public Health as a fellow in 1971 doing field work on vaccines in Saudi Arabia. He has done clinical studies in Colombia, Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and USA which provides a broad international view of public health. He has served in the military reserve hospital for 17 years with extensive training in medical responses to disasters as the chief biochemistry officer of a general hospital, retiring at a Lt. Colonel. He published 450 papers, and presently directs or has directed several NIH funded biomedical grants relating to alcohol and disease particularly immune function and cardiovascular effects including studying complementary and alternative medicines. Professor Ronald Ross Watson was Director of a National Institutes of Health funded Alcohol Research Center for 5 years. The main goal of the Center was to understand the role of ethanol-induced immunosuppression on immune function and disease resistance in animals. He is an internationally recognized alcohol-researcher, nutritionist and immunologist. He also initiated and directed other NIH-associated work at The University of Arizona, College of Medicine. Dr. Watson has funding from companies and non-profit foundations to study bioactive foods' components in health promotion. Professor Watson attended the University of Idaho, but graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, with a degree in Chemistry in 1966. He completed his Ph.D. degree in 1971 in Biochemistry from Michigan State University. His postdoctoral schooling was completed at the Harvard School of Public Health in Nutrition and Microbiology, including a two-year postdoctoral research experience in immunology. Professor Watson is a distinguished member of several national and international nutrition, immunology, and cancer societies. Overall his career has involved studying many foods for their uses in health promotion. He has edited 120 biomedical reference books, particularly in health and 450 papers and chapters. His teaching and research in foods, nutrition and bacterial disease also prepare him to edit this book. He has 4 edited works on nutrition in aging. He has extensive experience working with natural products, alcohol, exercise, functional foods and dietary extracts for health benefits and safety issues, including getting 12 patents. Dr. Watson has done laboratory studies in mice on immune functions that decline with aging and the role of supplements in delaying this process as modified by alcohol and drugs of abuse.
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