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article imageExercise slows decline in Alzheimer's patients

By Chris V. Thangham     Mar 8, 2007 in Health
Exercise programs slows decline in Azheimer's Patients.
Nursing home residents with Alzheimer's disease who participate in a moderate exercise program have a significantly slower deterioration than those who receive routine medical care, researchers have shown.
Dr. Yves Rolland, of Hospital La Grave-Casselardit in Toulouse, France, and his colleagues studied the influence of exercise programs on Alzheimer's disease. They examined the effects of a program of exercise for one hour twice weekly on activities of daily living, physical performance, nutritional status, behavioral disturbance and depression among 134 Alzheimer's disease patients in nursing homes.
The patients were 83 years old on average and assigned to the exercise program containing walking, strength, balance and flexibility training for 12 months.
The Researchers reported the findings from this experiment in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 110 participants completed the study. At the end of the 12 months, the average activities of daily living score was significantly improved in the exercise group compared to the group who received just medical treatment only. Also, they found average walking speed improved significantly more in the exercise group.
The exercise program however, had no influence on behavioral disturbance, depression or nutritional assessment scores.
It is a great study, this program will help Alzheimer's patients to get some control of their lives.
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