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16 September 2010 | PR 10/138

Volunteers needed for Loughborough study to find best exercises to combat dementia

Loughborough University is looking for more volunteers to take part in a project to discover the best form of exercise to combat the threat of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in later life.

Experts have already found that being active and physically fit in midlife can significantly reduce the risk of developing dementia later on. But it remains a mystery as to what are the best types of exercise to reduce the risk of memory decline and dementia.

In an effort to find the answers that could make a difference to the projected figure of over one million dementia sufferers in the UK by 2025, research student Angela Clifford is looking for healthy men and women aged 40-65 years who currently do less than two hours of exercise per week.

Angela says: “Dementia can rob a person of a large proportion of their quality of life and have a huge impact on the people around them. The numbers of people being diagnosed are set to double in the next decades and according to the Alzheimer’s Society, 60,000 deaths a year are directly attributable to dementia.

“The study involves completing a light exercise programme at home for up to 24 weeks and completing some computer tests (which are very much like games) and strength measurements.

“Participants would be required to make some visits to the university for the strength measurement so living in the Leicestershire area would be beneficial. Participants will also have their blood pressure measured and complete some short questionnaires about their lifestyles and mood.

“This study has been running since the spring and we have had a great response so far, but we are still looking for more people to take part.

“The results of this study, as part of a larger research project in Loughborough’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Science, will help us to better understand how physical activity may be useful in preventing memory decline or reducing the symptoms of dementia and we hope to be able to translate the findings into meaningful healthcare advice for the general public.

Anyone interested in finding out more should call Angela Clifford on 01509 223048 or email A.H.Clifford@lboro.ac.uk (enquiring does not obligate anyone to join the study).

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Rob Knott
PR Officer (Sport)
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228686
E: R.A.Knott@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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