This text offers a synergistic view of the complex role of exercise, physical activity and intellectual stimulation in the cognitive and brain functioning of older adults. Readers will deepen current knowledge and expand their perspectives regarding the influence of exercise and physical activity on the ageing brain. As the final text of the three-volume "Aging, Exercise, and Cognition" series, this volume examines exercise and non-exercise interventions shown to influence cognition and brain plasticity in elderly humans and older animals. Readers interested in the effects of environment on the psychosocial functioning of older adults will find compelling evidence regarding the positive influence of cognitive training and intellectual engagement. The book also discusses the effects of exercise on the reduction of age-related declines in both context-specific skills and broader processes and abilities.
Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, PhD, serves as both department head and professor of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He served on the World Health Organization Scientific Advisory Committee, which issued guidelines for physical activity for older adults. Arthur F. Kramer, PhD, holds the Swanlund endowed chair at the University of Illinois. Kramer is a fellow in the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society and is a member of the executive committee of the International Attention and Performance Society. Leonard W. Poon, PhD, is a professor of public health and psychology, chair of the faculty of gerontology, and director of the Gerontology Centre at the University of Georgia at Athens. He received his PhD in experimental psychology in 1972 from the University of Denver and has studied ageing and cognition for over 30 years.