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Regular exercise and behavioural management by caregivers improves physical and mental health of people with Alzheimer’s disease

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Q Does an exercise programme for people with Alzheimer’s disease, plus behavioural management by a trained family member, improve mental and physical health compared with routine care?

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Randomised controlled trial.

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Concealed.

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Assessors blinded to treatment.

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Twenty four months.

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Seattle, USA; June 1994 to April 1999.

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153 people (mean age 78 years, range 55–93 years; 59% male) with moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease, living in the community, with a caregiver willing to participate in the study.

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Three month exercise programme or usual care. The exercise programme consisted of 12 one hour sessions conducted at the participant’s home, by a healthcare professional, with the aim of promoting at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day. In addition, caregivers were …

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