Study indicates exercise may decrease risk of falling for older adults who have Alzheimer’s disease and mental health challenges | Journal of the American Geriatrics Society | via ScienceDaily
A research team explored whether exercise could reduce the risk of falling among community-dwelling people with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) who also had neuropsychiatric symptoms. The researchers reviewed a study that investigated the effects of an exercise program for older adults with AD. The study included a range of people living with different stages of AD/dementia and with neuropsychiatric symptoms.
The researchers learned that the people who exercised had a lower risk for falls than those who didn’t exercise. There was also a higher risk for falls among those who had lower scores on psychological tests and who didn’t exercise.
This study revealed that people with AD/dementia and neuropsychiatric symptoms such as depression and anxiety have a higher risk for falls. Exercise can reduce the risk of falling for older adults with these symptoms.
Full reference: Hanna‐Maria Roitto et al. | Relationship of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms with Falls in Alzheimer’s Disease – Does Exercise Modify the Risk? | Journal of the American Geriatrics Society | First published: 15 October 2018
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