Aging Clinical and Experimental Research

, Volume 29, Issue 6, pp 1295–1298 | Cite as

Effects of feedback-based balance and core resistance training vs. Pilates training on cognitive functions in older women with mild cognitive impairment: a pilot randomized controlled trial

  • Zrinka Greblo JurakicEmail author
  • Valerija Krizanic
  • Nejc Sarabon
  • Goran Markovic
Short Communication



There is limited research about beneficial effects of physical activity in older adults suffering from mild cognitive impairment (MCI).


The aim of the study was to provide preliminary evidence on the effects of two types of non-aerobic training on cognitive functions in older women suffering from MCI.


Twenty-eight participants aged 66–78 years with MCI were randomly assigned to a combined balance and core resistance training group (n = 14) or to a Pilates group (n = 14).


Following completion of the 8-week exercise programme, both groups showed significant improvements in global and specific cognitive domains.


Findings suggest that non-aerobic training should be further explored as a beneficial intervention for older adults suffering from MCI.


Mild cognitive impairment Cognitive functions Physical activity Exercise 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Statement of human and animal rights

The study was approved by the university’s ethics committee.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

Supplementary material

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zrinka Greblo Jurakic
    • 1
    Email author
  • Valerija Krizanic
    • 2
  • Nejc Sarabon
    • 3
    • 4
  • Goran Markovic
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Centre for Croatian StudiesUniversity of ZagrebZagrebCroatia
  2. 2.Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social SciencesJ. J. Strossmayer University of OsijekOsijekCroatia
  3. 3.Faculty of Health StudyUniversity of PrimorskaIsolaSlovenia
  4. 4.Laboratory for Motor Control and Motor BehaviorS2P, Science to Practice, Ltd.LjubljanaSlovenia
  5. 5.Motor Control and Human Performance Laboratory, School of KinesiologyUniversity of ZagrebZagrebCroatia
  6. 6.Research UnitMotus Melior Ltd.ZagrebCroatia

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