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Medical management of dementia is limited due to the high cost of therapy, potential adverse effects of drugs used, and low efficacy. There is a need to complement existing therapies with other interventions such as yoga and mind-body practices.

Many studies on mind-body relaxation techniques have shown potential improvement in cognitive function and age-related cognitive decline. Yoga can have a down-regulatory effect on the stress response, increasing oxygen flow to the brain and neurotransmitter activity. 

This study is a meta-analysis that reviewed and synthesized findings from studies on the impact of yoga-related practices on cognitive function in older adults with dementia or at risk for dementia.

Liz Berger

TITLE: Effects of yoga-related mind-body therapies on cognitive function in older adults: A systematic review with meta-analysis

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PUBLICATION: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics

DATE: 2021

AUTHORS: Kallol Kumar Bhattacharyya, Ross Andel, Brent J Small

Dementia: A general term for the progressive decline of cognitive function that worsens with age.

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