[CaBSSem] CaBSSem TOMORROW: Mauricio Garcia-Barrera

Steve Lindsay slindsay at uvic.ca
Thu Mar 16 13:58:06 PDT 2023

The Cognition and Brain Science Seminar (CaBSSem) meets Friday from 3:00 in the Psychology Reading Room (Cornett A228) featuring our own Associate Dean Research Mauricio Garcia-Barrera: "Executive Function Improvement Training (eFIT) for Older Adults: Impact of an At-Home Physical Activity Program."

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Schedule at https://oac.uvic.ca/lindsaylab/open-science/ .

Summary: Research on physical activity has demonstrated it can serve as a protective factor against normative aging-related changes in cognition and mental health, and concern was raised during the recent COVID-19 pandemic about older adults' reduced amount of physical activity engagement. In fact, there are reports that feelings of depression, social isolation, and stress have increased since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers and government officials recommend physical activity to minimize the negative psychological and physiological impacts of COVID-19. However, older adults have generally shown less moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and positive behavioural adaptations during the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting a need for physical activity programs and strategies targeted for older adults. Filling this gap, and in collaboration with the Tall Tree Integrated Health Clinic, our eFIT study developed and implemented a remote exercise training program for a group of healthy, insufficiently active community-dwelling adults ages 65 years and older who were recruited from communities across Canada. We are now examining the data looking at the impact of our fully remote, at-home, and self managed 8-week physical activity program. This presentation includes discussion of our earliest line of analyses, and some conclusions, learnings, and lessons, about the feasibility of these type of remote studies.

D. Stephen Lindsay, Ph.D
Professor and Chair
Department of Psychology
University of Victoria
Pronouns: He/him

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