Neuropsychological benefits of stationary bike exercise and a cybercycle exergame for older adults with diabetes: An exploratory analysis

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Anderson-Hanley, C.
Arciero, P.
Westen, S.
Nimon, J.
Zimmerman, E.

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Anderson-Hanley, C., Arciero, P., Westen, S., Nimon, J., & Zimmerman, E. (2012). Neuropsychological benefits of stationary bike exercise and a cybercycle exergame for older adults with diabetes: An exploratory analysis. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, 6(4), 849-857.

Health topic: Cognition, Diabetes, Exercise and Fitness
Target population: Seniors
Game platform: Exercise Equipment
Publication type: Journal Article

Abstract

Anderson-Hanley, C., Arciero, P., Westen, S., Nimon, J., & Zimmerman, E., Neuropsychological Benefits of Stationary Bike Exercise and a Cybercycle Exergame for Older Adults with Diabetes: An Exploratory Analysis looked at effects of stationary biking on the cognitive functioning of older adults with and without diabetes. Study participants included older adults ages 60 to 88 who resided in independent living facilities. The study analyzed a small dataset from a larger randomized clinical trial called the Cybercycle Study, which compared effects of traditional stationary cycling versus cybercycling that provides a video screen displaying appealing bike paths, virtual tours, and individual and team racing games with virtual competitors. The study of the small dataset found that participants with diabetes who used stationary bikes with and without cybercycling screens significantly improved in cognitive functioning in areas such as planning and mental flexibility for shifting sets, while participants without diabetes did not improve. The study provides evidence that exergame-based physical activity can help improve certain cognitive skills in older adults, in this case most notably for older adults who have diabetes. Grantee: Union College.

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