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||Heyn, P., Abreu, B. C., & Ottenbacher, K. J. (2004) The effects of exercise training on elderly persons with cognitive impairment and dementia: A meta-analysis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 85, 1694-1704.
||Alzheimer's disease, dementia, exercise, meta-analysis, rehabilitation
||Background: Dementia and cognitive impairment are a major cause of disability among elderly persons in the United States. Persons with dementia and cognitive impairments may benefit from exercise and physical activity. However, there have been no meta-analytic studies on the effectiveness of exercise for this population.
Objectives: To determine whether physical exercises are beneficial for persons with dementia and related cognitive impairments.
Search strategy: The authors conducted a search of data sources to locate relevant articles published from 1970 to 2003. The following databases were searched: PubMed, MEDLINE, Ageline, CINAHL, PsycLIT, PsycINFO, Sport Discuss (SIRC/CDC), Cochrane Register, and PEDro.
Selection criteria: Included studies used randomized trials with a non-intervention control or comparison group or control or comparison period. All studies focused on evaluating exercise in persons 65 or older.
Data collection and analysis: The search procedures generated over 300 studies. A total of 30 articles were selected for the synthesis. Two reviewers used a standardized abstraction form and the PEDro Scale to rate the quality of each study.
Main results: The authors report four categories of physical fitness outcomes (cardiovascular fitness, strength outcomes, flexibility outcomes, and BMI outcomes). Overall, the findings suggest that exercise training can improve participants’ health-related fitness and cognitive functioning.
Conclusions: Exercise is positively associated with beneficial outcomes (i.e., fitness, physical function, cognitive function, and positive behavior) among elderly persons with dementia and related cognitive disabilities.
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|Link to Full Text:||http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15468033|
|NIDILRR Affiliation:||Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Research Training Program|