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National and International experts, led by the University of Melbourne, have developed new physical activity guidelines for older people with subjective cognitive decline (SCD) or mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Both SCD and MCI are health conditions in which older people experience changes in memory or in other aspects of thinking.

These changes are not severe enough to cause problems with basic day-to-day tasks and they are not the same as dementia.

Physical activity is an important lifestyle factor for protecting and improving brain function including for people with SCD and MCI. More research is needed to explain why this is the case, but reasons may include that physical activity can release protective chemicals in the brain and can keep blood vessels in the brain healthy.

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