Improvement of cognitive function after physical movement training in institutionalized very frail older adults with dementia

Thurm, Franka and Scharpf, Andrea and Liebermann, Nadine and Kolassa, Stephan and Elbert, Thomas and Luchtenberg, Dietmar and Woll, Alexander and Kolassa, Iris- Tatjana (2011) Improvement of cognitive function after physical movement training in institutionalized very frail older adults with dementia. GeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry, 24 (4). pp. 197-208.

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Abstract

Physical exercise has positive effects on cognitive functioning in both healthy older adults and ambulatory older adults with dementia. The present study investigated whether a 10-week multimodal movement intervention conducted in the seated position can slow cognitive deterioration in demented and physically very frail nursing-home residents. Our analysis revealed that training participants showed no further overall cognitive deterioration throughout the study and a significant improvement in the ADAS-Cog orientation/praxis subscore (p = .04). In contrast, the control group demonstrated a significant decline in the ADAS-Cog sum score (p = .02). These results might be of relevance for geriatric practice since they indicate that a short-term physical intervention – even in the seated position – can decelerate cognitive decline and dementia despite physical frailty.

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Journal Article
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GeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry
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134026
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22 Jun 2019 09:14
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Yes
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Published
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