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Language-enriched exercise plus socialization for older adults with dementia: translation to rural communities


Felten, Kristen, Duschene, Kathie, MacFarlane, Dana, Price, Susan, Zimmerman, Suanne, Hafez, Stephanie, La Rue, Asenath


Seminars In Speech And Language, Volume: 34, No.: 3, Pages.: 170-184

Year of Publication



Interventions that stimulate and engage individuals with dementia physically, cognitively, and socially offer promise for improving health and well-being and for potentially slowing functional losses with disease progression. We describe a volunteer-based intervention that combines physical exercise, cognitive-linguistic stimulation, and social outings for older persons living with dementia in rural communities. One-year follow-up data, although clearly preliminary (n = 8), suggest stability in global cognition, mood, and aspects of physical fitness. Challenges to implementing dementia interventions in rural areas are discussed. ; Thieme Medical Publishers 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.

Bibtex Citation

@article{Felten_2013, doi = {10.1055/s-0033-1358370}, url = {}, year = 2013, month = {oct}, publisher = {Thieme Publishing Group}, volume = {34}, number = {03}, pages = {170--184}, author = {Kristen Felten and Kathie Duschene and Dana MacFarlane and Susan Price and Suanne Zimmerman and Stephanie Hafez and Asenath La Rue}, title = {Language-Enriched Exercise plus Socialization for Older Adults with Dementia: Translation to Rural Communities}, journal = {Semin Speech Lang} }


adult, aged, aged, 80 and over, alzheimer disease, cognitive therapy, dementia, exercise, female, health services for the aged, humans, language therapy, male, manpower, methods, middle aged, organization administration, psychology, rehabilitation, rural health services, socialization, volunteers

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Before and After Study

Type of Outcomes

Behaviour, Cognition, Physical Health



Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Adult safeguarding and abuse detection/prevention, Exercise (inc. dancing), Social activities (e.g. lunch clubs, cinema outings, trips to sporting events etc, peer support)