A randomized controlled trial of an activity specific exercise program for individuals with alzheimer disease in long-term care settings

Kathryn E. Roach, Ruth M. Tappen, Neva Kirk-Sanchez, Christine L. Williams, David Loewenstein

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Abstract

Objective: To determine whether an activity specific exercise program could improve ability to perform basic mobility activities in long-term care residents with Alzheimer disease (AD). Design: Randomized, controlled, single-blinded clinical trial. Setting: Residents of 7 long-term care facilities. Participants: Eighty-two long-term care residents with mild to severe AD. Intervention: An activity specific exercise program was compared to a walking program and to an attention control. Measurements: Ability to perform bed mobility and transfers was assessed using the subscales of the Acute Care Index of Function; functional mobility was measured using the 6-Minute Walk test. Results: Subjects receiving the activity specific exercise program improved in ability to perform transfers, whereas subjects in the other 2 groups declined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-56
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011

Keywords

  • Alzheimer disease
  • Exercise
  • Mobility
  • Randomized controlled trial

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Rehabilitation

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