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The effects on cognitive functions of a movement-based intervention in patients with Alzheimer’s type dementia: a pilot study


Yágüez, Lidia, Shaw, Kendra N., Morris, Robin, Matthews, David


International Journal Of Geriatric Psychiatry, Volume: 26, No.: 2, Pages.: 173-181

Year of Publication



Objective: To explore the effect of a non-aerobic movement based activity on cognition in people with Alzheimer’s type dementia (AD).; Methods: The sample consisted of 27 patients fulfilling the AD ICD-10 diagnostic criteria. The patient sample was randomly divided into two groups: The Exercise Group received 6 weeks movement training and comprised 15 participants with a mean age of 70.5 years (SD: 8). Control Group participated in a standard care group, which served as a control intervention, and consisted of 12 patients with an average age of 75.7 years (SD: 6.90). Cognitive functions were assessed using six computerised tests from the CANTAB, pre and post training. Data were analysed using t-tests. The false discovery rate (FDR) for multiple comparisons as well as Cohen’s d effect size was used to assess the significant effects.; Results: Significant improvements in sustained attention, visual memory and a trend in working memory were found in the Exercise Group compared to Control Group after the 6 weeks training. In addition, after 6 weeks the Control Group deteriorated significantly in attention, while the AD patients who undertook the physical exercise showed a discrete improvement.; Conclusions: The present study shows that a short course of non-aerobic movement based exercise is already effective at least in some aspects of cognitive functioning in patients with AD. Although the present study is a pilot study with small samples, nevertheless, the results are promising for the further investigation and development of non-aerobic movement programmes.; Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Bibtex Citation

@article{Y_g_ez_2010, doi = {10.1002/gps.2510}, url = {}, year = 2010, month = {sep}, publisher = {Wiley-Blackwell}, volume = {26}, number = {2}, pages = {173--181}, author = {Lidia Y{'{a}}güez and Kendra N. Shaw and Robin Morris and David Matthews}, title = {The effects on cognitive functions of a movement-based intervention in patients with Alzheimer{textquotesingle}s type dementia: a pilot study}, journal = {Int. J. Geriat. Psychiatry} }


aged, aged, 80 and over, alzheimer disease, cognition, exercise, female, humans, male, neuropsychological tests, physiology, pilot projects, psychology

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease

Types of Study

Randomised Controlled Trial

Type of Outcomes


Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Exercise (inc. dancing)