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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias|
|State||Published - Sep 2010|
- Alzheimer's disease
- aerobic exercise
- psychological function