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

Research paper by Kathryn E KE Roach, Ruth M RM Tappen, Neva N Kirk-Sanchez, Christine L CL Williams, David D Loewenstein

Indexed on: 23 Sep '11Published on: 23 Sep '11Published in: Journal of geriatric physical therapy (2001)


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).Randomized, controlled, single-blinded clinical trial.Residents of 7 long-term care facilities.Eighty-two long-term care residents with mild to severe AD.An activity specific exercise program was compared to a walking program and to an attention control.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.Subjects receiving the activity specific exercise program improved in ability to perform transfers, whereas subjects in the other 2 groups declined.