Exercise benefits in dementia

Kiara Lewis, Robert Naughton, Kim Burton

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Dementia is a debilitating and progressive illness which, whilst most associated with cognitive decline, leads to extensive physical limitations and loss of independence as the person with dementia loses muscle strength, flexibility, and balance. This chapter looks at the evidence for exercise as a way of combatting some of these limitations and the practical implications of using a non-pharmacological intervention. In addition, we discuss the potential mechanisms by which exercise may contribute to the lives of people with dementia and conclude that whilst the evidence base on exercise for dementia is still emerging and evolving, there is a good pragmatic case for promoting exercise as an essential component of any intervention designed to improve the physical or psychological wellbeing of those living with dementia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExercise
Subtitle of host publicationPhysical, Physiological and Psychological Benefits
EditorsDulce Esteves, Kiara Lewis
PublisherNova Science Publishers Inc
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781536198195
ISBN (Print)9781536197129
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 2021

Publication series

NamePhysical Fitness, Diet and Exercise
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc


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