Physical activity and Alzheimer's.
Patients living with Alzheimer's disease often have very different patterns of activity as compared with healthy controls. By understanding the daily patterns of physical activity, the design of effective interventions and sleep improvement for people with Alzheimer's, can be developed. According to study findings cited in an article published online in Neurology Reviews, “[m]ild Alzheimer’s disease was associated with less moderate-intensity physical activity, lower peak activity, and lower physical activity complexity, particularly during the morning.” For people already living with Alzheimer’s disease, physical activity can help them function better, decline more slowly, and help them with symptoms like agitation, wandering, and sleeplessness.
The types of activities that might be found helpful for patients with Alzheimer's are low intensity activities such a walking around the neighborhood or local park. It is important that they do things to keep moving to avoid sitting continuously.The cause of Alzheimer disease is unknown. Several investigators now believe that converging environmental and genetic risk factors trigger a pathophysiologic cascade that, over decades, leads to Alzheimer pathology and dementia.
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Challenge yourself with this quiz!
1. True or False. The patterns of daily physical activity of patients with Alzheimer’s disease differ from those of individuals without the condition.
2. In study findings, mild Alzheimer’s disease was associated with which of the following physical behaviors?
A. Less moderate-intensity physical activity
B. Lower peak activity
C. Lower peak activity
D. All of the above
3. True or False. Physical activity can help against wandering in patients with already living with Alzheimer’s disease.
4. In study findings, mild Alzheimer’s disease was associated with __________.
A. Greater sedentary activity
B. Less lower-intensity physical activity
C. A and B
D. None of the above
5. True or False. Exercise must be of high-intensity to benefit patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
Answer Key -
1. A. True
2. D. All of the above
3. A. True
4. D. None of the above - According to study findings cited in an article published online in Neurology Reviews, “[m]ild Alzheimer’s disease was not associated with greater sedentary activity or less lower-intensity physical activity across the day after adjusting for noncognitive covariates.”
5. B. False
For complete information, see:
“How Does Physical Activity Differ in Mild Alzheimer’s Disease?”