Feasibility and perception of the impact from aerobic exercise in older adults with Alzheimer's disease

Fang Yu, Ruth M. Swartwood

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Abstract

Background: The subjective experience of participating in aerobic exercise is unknown in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Objective: The purpose of this study was to understand the subjective perceptions of the feasibility and impact of a 6-month, moderateintensity aerobic exercise intervention by older adults with AD and their family caregivers. Methods: Ten older adults with AD who completed the intervention and their family caregivers participated in four focus group interviews. Results: Four converging themes were identified: ''There was no perceived positive change in cognitive symptoms,'' ''The 6-month exercise program was socially rewarding,'' ''The 6-month exercise program increased physical strength,'' and ''Participation in aerobic exercise was a positive experience.'' Family caregivers further identified two additional themes: ''The exercise program led to improved attitude in older adults with AD'' and ''The exercise program reduced caregiver stress.'' Discussion: Aerobic exercise is a feasible and well-perceived intervention for older adults with AD and their family caregivers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-405
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2010

Keywords

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • aerobic exercise
  • caregiver
  • cognition
  • exercise
  • psychological function

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