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Johns Hopkins University Study Confirms Experience Corps Improves Older Adults’ Cognitive Ability and Overall Health and Well-Being

December 1, 2009

According to a John’s Hopkins study of the national Experience Corps program, older Americans can delay or reverse brain aging at a neurological level by tutoring young children in reading and math.  Michelle Carlson, Associate Professor in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Associate Director in the Center on Aging and Health, led the neuroimaging study to see if increasing activity could delay age-related changes in the brain that occur in older adults.  The study, Evidence for Neurocognitive Plasticity in At-Risk Older Adults: the Experience Corps Program, published in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, suggests that one can reverse the decline once thought inevitable with age.   “We found that participating in Experience Corps resulted in improvements in cognitive functioning this was associated with significant changes in brain activation patterns,” Carlson said.  “Essentially the intervention improved brain and cognitive function in these older adults.”

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