Exercise programmes for older people with dementia may have an effect on cognitive function and activities of daily living, but studies give inconsistent results
- University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center, Fairway, Kansas, USA
- Correspondence to: Dr Eric D Vidoni, University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center, 4350 Shawnee Mission Parkway, MS6002, Fairway KS, 66205, USA;
Implications for practice and research
Exercise appears to modestly improve cognition and performance on activities of daily living.
Family caregivers who supervise home exercise programmes may have reduced burden.
Clinicians should feel confident in prescribing exercise for persons with dementia.
Future work should focus on homogenous samples and clear intervention protocols to help define meaningful treatment effects.
The lack of success in phase 3 antiamyloid trials has increased attention on lifestyle interventions to slow dementia progression and improve function.1 ,2 Exercise intervention trials are difficult and costly, especially …