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The paper explores the literature that suggests that physical activity can positively affect the cognitive symptoms associated with dementia and/or Alzheimer's and improve overall well-being. The paper outlines various studies on different forms of exercise and reaches the conclusion that regular physical activity may be the best tool available for meeting the challenges of dementia until a true remedy is found.
From the Paper:"To determine the impact of abstract physical activity on cognition and well-being in the elderly who live in their own homes or health care facilities, Eggermont & Scherder (2006) reviewed and evaluated 27 studies that had been conducted between 1974 and 2005 on this topic and included a total of 1,160 participants. Based on the results of these studies, Eggermont & Scherder (2006) concluded that although findings are mixed, some types of exercise can positively affect behavior. Exercise, including walking, which is performed several times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes, appears to have a beneficial impact on behavior and mood and sleep quantity and quality, particularly for those who had a mild sleep disturbance. Analysis of these 27 studies suggest that an exercise program should be followed for a minimum of six months at one hour duration three times a week. It can be concluded that exercise programs should have a walking activity lasting at least 30 minutes in order to improve mood; often be provided during the week, regardless of length of time, to achieve a positive impact on sleep; and be instituted at health care homes, because residents require long-term exercise programs with extensive sessions if they are to improve."
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