An exercise and behavioral management program reduced functional dependence in Alzheimer disease

May 2004
ACP Journal Club;May/Jun2004, Vol. 140 Issue 3, p77
Academic Journal
This article presents a study, which states that in patients with Alzheimer disease, a home-based exercise program combined with caregiver training in behavioral management techniques reduce functional dependence. 153 patients, who met criteria for probable or possible Alzheimer disease, were community dwelling, were ambulatory, and had a caregiver who was willing to participate in training session, were selected for the study. Patient physical health and function was assessed by the 36-item Short Form Health Survey's physical functioning and physical role functioning subscales, affective status assessed by the Cornell Depression Scale for Depression in Dementia, and exercise behavior.


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