Health Desk-- 19 May, 2018: Researchers said exercise programmes for people with mild to moderate dementia “don’t work”.
They found no improvements in thinking skills or behaviour in more than 300 people in their 70s who did aerobic and strength exercises over four months.
On the plus side, their physical fitness did improve, researchers writing in the British Medical Journal said.
The results showed that people who had had dementia for two or three years could follow simple exercise instructions and improve their fitness and muscle strength, Prof Sallie Lamb, lead study author and professor of rehabilitation at Oxford University said.
Dr Sara Imarisio, head of research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said other forms of exercise could have different effects and this should be explored in future research.
She said there were many benefits to physical exercise, apart from simply health ones.