Exercise May Reduce Risk of Falls in People With Alzheimer’s
People with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia are at twice the risk of falling than people without Alzheimer’s or dementia. A recent study suggests that exercise may decrease the risk of falling in people with Alzheimer’s disease.
Participants in the study included 179 community-dwelling adults with Alzheimer’s disease who completed the Neuropsychiatric Inventory. Twice a week for one year, all of the participants did one of three interventions: group-based exercise consisting of 4 hour sessions with approximately 1 hour of training, tailored home-based exercise consisting of 1 hour of training, and a control group that followed usual care standards.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted that fall rates were 1.48 per person per year in the intervention groups, compared with 2.87 per person per year in the control group. They also found that the participants who had lower scores on the psychological test and didn’t exercise were at the highest risk of falling.
Researchers from the University of Helsinki led the study. It was published on October 15, 2018, in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week for maximum cardiovascular benefits. Aerobic exercise can be added to your routine either as a set workout time or by adding more walking, taking the stairs, and other movement to your day.