Dementia patients benefit from intensive exercise
People with dementia may benefit more from an intensive exercise program than traditional rehabilitation programs, according to new research.
Researchers from the University of Arizona in Tucson tested the effects of an exercise program involving leg presses and a five chair-stand test on more than 70 dementia patients. When compared with a control group, the exercise group demonstrated improved basic motor functions, including improved lower-extremity muscle strength, ability to move from one position to another and postural balance.
The findings, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, suggest that doctors should consider intensive exercise programs as treatment for dementia patients. If exercise can help improve basic motor functions, patients may benefit by improving their mobility-related quality of life. Also, the researchers suggested that scientists should further examine specific ways by which they can make geriatric rehabilitation exercise programs more effective.