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Exercise alters brain blood flow and improves cognitive performance in older adults, though not in the way you might think. Research from the University of Maryland discovered that while exercise beneficially increased the blood flow to the brain in healthy adults, it decreased the blood flow in adults experiencing mild cognitive impairment (MCI). This decrease served to balance blood flow in a brain in “crisis mode” trying to compensate for MCI symptoms, providing improvements in cognitive functioning.