Exercise does not delay decline in people with dementia

Exercise does not delay decline in people with dementia

Exercise does not delay decline in people with dementia

"These benefits do not, however, translate into improvements in cognitive impairment, activities in daily living, behaviour, or health-related quality of life", they added.

Exercise has a reputation for helping to keep older people healthy, but a new study has found that playing video games combined with expercise - so-called "exergaming" - could help in the fight to stave off dementia. Participants had a clinically confirmed diagnosis of dementia according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition (DSM-IV) and a standardized mini-mental state examination score (sMMSE) greater than 10.

Although a short-term improvement in physical fitness was reported among patients in the exercise group, cognitive impairment after 12 months had declined a similar amount in both groups.

People with dementia are now forced to rely on services so starved of funding that they're unable to protect them from harm and the doors of A&E, let alone provide specialist care and support.

They took part in 60-90-minute group sessions in a gym twice a week for about four months, and home exercises as an additional hour per week.

The primary outcome was the Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale cognitive subscale (ADAS-cog 11-item scale, score of 0 to 70 with higher scores indicating worse cognitive impairment) at 12 months.

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The study found the exercise group did not experience any difference in the ability to perform daily living tasks or the number of falls, when compared with their non-exercising peers.

The study found that the connection could be made regardless of the level of schooling people had received, and other health indicators.

Although in the exercise group, the decline was much steeper, "however, the average difference was small and the clinical relevance was uncertain", told a press statement.

Whether dementia in these patients was too advanced to be affected by the intervention is unknown.

He continued, "We know there are ways we can all reduce our risk of dementia, such as staying physically active, eating healthily and not smoking".

"It also may be that vigorous exercise is not the solution".

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The study has several important limitations.

Currently, as a dementia therapy that does not involve medication, the NHS recommends group cognitive stimulation therapy classes, where sufferers undertake exercises created to improve their memory, problem-solving skills and language ability.

While physical exercise may stave off dementia, it does not delay mental decline in people after they've been diagnosed, a study in almost 500 people with the condition reported Thursday.

Still, this study is the most robust one to date to investigate the effect of exercise on dementia. We used a very specialized exercise program.

The researchers carried out a randomised controlled trial (RCT), which is usually the best way to see if a treatment works.

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