Exercise Benefits People Who Have Dementia
Recent research from Sweden confirmed that exercise has positive effects on people who have dementia. In the study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, balance was improved and dependence on assistance in activities of daily living.
While it has been long suspected that exercise produces benefits for older adults with cognitive abilities, very few scientific studies exist to prove any connection. This study was conducted at Umeå University in Sweden, and looked at 186 people age 65 or older with dementia living in 16 different residential care facilities in the Umeå area. The seniors were randomly split into two groups – one that participated in a 45-minute exercise program 2 to 3 times per week and another that did not exercise and only participated in the sedentary activities at their residential care facilities.
Dementia causes progressive decline in the ability to manage daily needs, such as personal hygiene and dressing. The study monitored these tasks as well as strength and balance, and found decline in these areas was slower in the seniors with dementia who participated in the exercise program. It was noted that the positive effects varied with different types of dementia. For example, seniors with vascular dementia experienced slower decline than those with Alzheimer’s disease.
At Parc Provence, we offer a variety of exercise and activity programs designed to fit our residents’ physical and cognitive abilities. “Leading the way in Memory Care” is more than our motto – it’s our mission driving every effort to provide the best for our residents. Because every moment matters.