Exercise benefits for elderly with cognitive impairment

What is there to gain for elderly still living in the community?

As the global population continues to age, there is an increasing risk of falls and general physical decline in the community, potentially leading to serious injury and hospital admissions. These risks are heightened for elderly who also suffer from dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment. Whilst exercise training has been shown to be helpful in institutionalised older people with cognitive impairment, the effect of exercise on the equivalent population living in the community was less clear. To gain more insight into this cohort, this study recently examined the effect of long-term home and community based exercise programs on people with cognitive impairment who live independently in the community.

 
 

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