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LIFESTYLE INTERVENTIONS TO PROMOTE MEMORY IN OLD AGE | 53247
ISSN: 2167-7182

Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research
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LIFESTYLE INTERVENTIONS TO PROMOTE MEMORY IN OLD AGE

4th International Conference on Geriatrics & Gerontological Nursing

Eef Hogervorst

Loughborough University, UK

Keynote: J Gerontol Geriat Res

DOI: 10.4172/2167-7182.C1.008

Abstract
We investigate lifestyle interventions to improve memory and well being in older people. We have investigated the association between dementia, memory, diet and micronutrients in the US, UK, China and several multi ethnic Indonesian cohorts. This suggested that high tofu intake conferred risk for dementia in East Asian populations. However, tempe, a fermented soy product was shown to protect against dementia animal and human studies also suggested that tempe improved memory. We also investigate physical activity and found that engaging in activity halves the risk for dementia. Our resistance band exercises (20 min 3x /week) were also shown to improve memory in middle-aged and older participants. We are currently funded for £9M to carry out large lifestyle related treatment trials for people with mild dementia.
Biography

Eef Hogervorst did her degree in Health Sciences and a PhD in the Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology at Maastricht University, specialising in cognitive aging. She subsequently worked as a researcher at the University of Oxford; as Research Associate Professor at the UAMS (Department of Geriatrics, ranked 8th in the USA) and as Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge (Department of Psychiatry) before taking up a Chair as Professor of Biological Psychology at Loughborough University (ranked 5th in the UK) in 2005. She is also a visiting Professor at 3 Universities in Indonesia. Eef has published over 200 peer-reviewed international journal papers and book chapters and is regularly invited worldwide to give public and keynote scientific lectures about her work.

Email: [email protected]

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