Can exercise improve cognition for people with Down syndrome? A new study aims to find out Social Sharing

Published by: CBC
Written by: Angelina King

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) is partnering with a British university and a cognitive brain-training app to launch an international research study looking at a potential link between exercise and improved cognitive function for those with Down syndrome.

The study aims to prove what the CDSS says is “anecdotal evidence” that exercise can help with memory, speech, social skills and other abilities in people with Down syndrome. The charity says physical activity hasn’t been a priority because the research hasn’t been done.

“There is very little empirical evidence in this area to help support the medical community in recommending [exercise] as part of the imperatives in the treatment programs,” CDSS Toronto board member Ben Tarr said.

The study, called Mindsets, launched its pilot phase on March 21, which is World Down Syndrome Day. Researchers are looking to recruit at least 200 participants to begin the full eight-week portion next month. Click here to read the rest of the story.

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