Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/eb-2014-101737
  • Care of the older person
  • Analysis

Exercise programmes for older people with dementia may have an effect on cognitive function and activities of daily living, but studies give inconsistent results

  1. Jeffrey M Burns
  1. University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center, Fairway, Kansas, USA
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Eric D Vidoni, University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center, 4350 Shawnee Mission Parkway, MS6002, Fairway KS, 66205, USA; evidoni{at}

Commentary on:

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 …

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