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Front Aging Neurosci. 2014 Mar 26;6:50. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2014.00050. eCollection 2014.

A Chinese Chan-based lifestyle intervention improves memory of older adults.

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1
Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong New Territories, Hong Kong, China ; Chanwuyi Research Center for Neuropsychological Well-Being, The Chinese University of Hong Kong New Territories, Hong Kong, China ; Henan Songshan Research Institute for Chanwuyi Zheng Zhou, China.
2
Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong New Territories, Hong Kong, China ; Chanwuyi Research Center for Neuropsychological Well-Being, The Chinese University of Hong Kong New Territories, Hong Kong, China.
3
Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong New Territories, Hong Kong, China.

Abstract

This study aims to explore the potential benefits of a Chinese Chan-based lifestyle intervention on enhancing memory in older people with lower memory function. Forty-four aged 60-83 adults with various level of memory ability participated in the study. Their memories (including verbal and visual components) were assessed before and after 3 months intervention. The intervention consisted of 12 sessions, with one 90 min session per week. The intervention involved components of adopting a special vegetarian diet, practicing a type of mind-body exercises, and learning self-realization. Elderly with lower memory function at the baseline (i.e., their performance on standardized memory tests was within 25th percentile) showed a significant memory improvement after the intervention. Their verbal and visual memory performance has showed 50 and 49% enhancement, respectively. In addition, their improvement can be considered as a reliable and clinically significant change as reflected by their significant pre-post differences and reliable change indices. Such robust treatment effect was found to be specific to memory functions, but less influencing on the other cognitive functions. These preliminary encouraging results have shed some light on the potential applicability of the Chinese Chan-based lifestyle intervention as a method for enhancing memory in the elderly population.

KEYWORDS:

Chinese; diet; elderly; lifestyle intervention; memory; mind–body exercise

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