Older adults often suffer from age- and behavior-related brain changes affecting neuronal functioning and, therefore, cognitive and motor functions.
The objective of the present study was to assess the effects of exergame training combined with fish oil supplementation on neuronal system levels in the brain and behavioral measurements in older adults.
For the purpose of this study, fifty-eight older adults (above 65 years old) were randomly assigned in a parallel, double-blind, randomized controlled trial lasting 26 weeks. Participants were wearing Gait Up inertial sensor Physilog®5 on their left forefoot for flat over ground gait analysis over a distance of 10 meters.
As a conclusion, the combination of exergame training and fish oil did not lead to additional beneficial effects.
This study was jointly conducted by A. Schättin, C. Baier, D. Mai (Department of Health Sciences and Technology, Institute of Human Movement Sciences and Sport, ETH Zurich), V. Klamroth-Maranska (School of Health Professions, Zurich University of Applied Sciences), I. Herter-Aeberli (Department of Health Sciences and Technology, Laboratory of Human Nutrition, ETH Zurich) and E.D. de Bruin (Department of Health Sciences and Technology, Institute of Human Movement Sciences and Sport, ETH Zurich / Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet)
Keywords: Nutritional supplementation, Omega-3 fatty acids, Physical exercise, Exergame, Brain function, Brain structure, Older adults, Aging