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Six-month walking program changes cognitive and ADL performance in patients with Alzheimer


Venturelli, M., Scarsini, R., Schena, F.


American Journal Of Alzheimer's Disease And Other Dementias, Volume: 26, No.: 5, Pages.: 381-388

Year of Publication



Motor inactivity is typical in the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease although there is evidence that physical exercise can reduce depression and enhance performance of daily activities. The aim of this study was to determine whether a walking program could reduce the functional and cognitive decline of elderly nursing home residents in the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease. A total of 21 patients (84 ± 5 years) were randomly assigned to a walking program (WG) or to a control group (CG). A 6-minute walking test (6WT), the Barthel index of activities of daily living (ADLs), and Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) tests were performed before and after 24 weeks of the program. The WG showed significant improvement in the 6WT (20%) and ADLs (23%), while the CG decreased in MMSE (-47%), the WG had a slower decline (-13%). This study indicates that it is possible to stabilize the progressive cognitive dysfunctions in nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s disease through a specific walking program.;

Bibtex Citation

@article{Venturelli_2011, doi = {10.1177/1533317511418956}, url = {}, year = 2011, month = {aug}, publisher = {{SAGE} Publications}, volume = {26}, number = {5}, pages = {381--388}, author = {M. Venturelli and R. Scarsini and F. Schena}, title = {Six-Month Walking Program Changes Cognitive and {ADL} Performance in Patients With Alzheimer}, journal = {American Journal of Alzheimer{textquotesingle}s Disease and Other Dementias} }


activities of daily living, aged, 80 and over, alzheimer disease, analysis, blood glucose, blood pressure, cognition, exercise therapy, female, humans, male, neuropsychological tests, patient compliance, psychology, test, therapy, walking

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease

Types of Study

Randomised Controlled Trial

Type of Outcomes

ADLs/IADLs, Cognition, Other, Physical Health


Nursing Homes

Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Exercise (inc. dancing)