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A randomized controlled trial of an activity specific exercise program for individuals with Alzheimer disease in long-term care settings


Roach, Kathryn E., Tappen, Ruth M., Kirk-Sanchez, Neva, Williams, Christine L., Loewenstein, David


Journal Of Geriatric Physical Therapy (2001), Volume: 34, No.: 2, Pages.: 50-56

Year of Publication



Objective: To determine whether an activity specific exercise program could improve ability to perform basic mobility activities in long-term care residents with Alzheimer disease (AD).; Design: Randomized, controlled, single-blinded clinical trial.; Setting: Residents of 7 long-term care facilities.; Participants: Eighty-two long-term care residents with mild to severe AD.; Intervention: An activity specific exercise program was compared to a walking program and to an attention control.; Measurements: Ability to perform bed mobility and transfers was assessed using the subscales of the Acute Care Index of Function; functional mobility was measured using the 6-Minute Walk test.; Results: Subjects receiving the activity specific exercise program improved in ability to perform transfers, whereas subjects in the other 2 groups declined.;

Bibtex Citation

@article{Roach_2011, doi = {10.1519/jpt.0b013e31820aab9c}, url = {}, year = 2011, publisher = {Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health)}, volume = {34}, number = {2}, pages = {50--56}, author = {Kathryn E. Roach and Ruth M. Tappen and Neva Kirk-Sanchez and Christine L. Williams and David Loewenstein}, title = {A Randomized Controlled Trial of an Activity Specific Exercise Program for Individuals With Alzheimer Disease in Long-term Care Settings}, journal = {Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy} }


activities of daily living, activity, aged, aged, 80 and over, alzheimer disease, exercise therapy, female, humans, interpersonal relations, long term care, male, methods, mobility, mobility limitation, rehabilitation, severity of illness index, specific, walking

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease

Types of Study

Randomised Controlled Trial

Type of Outcomes

ADLs/IADLs, Other


Long Term Residential Care without medically trained staff

Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Exercise (inc. dancing)