Facilitating Aerobic Exercise Training in Older Adults with Alzheimer's Disease

Fang Yu, Ann Kolanowski

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Emerging science suggests that aerobic exercise might modify the pathophysiology of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and improve cognition. However, there are no clinical practice guidelines for aerobic exercise prescription and training in older adults with AD. A few existing studies showed that older adults with AD can participate in aerobic exercise and improve dementia symptoms, but lack adequate descriptions of their aerobic exercise training programs and their clinical applicability. In this paper, we summarize current knowledge about the potential benefits of aerobic exercise in older adults with AD. We then describe the development of a moderate-intensity aerobic exercise program for this population and report results from its initial testing in a feasibility trial completed by two persons with AD. Two older adults with AD completed the aerobic exercise program. Barriers to the program's implementation are described, and methods to improve more wide-spread adoption of such programs and the design of future studies that test them are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)250-259
Number of pages10
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gerontology


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