Feasibility and effectiveness of a walking program for community-dwelling older adults with mild cognitive impairment

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van Uffelen, Jannique, Chinapaw, Marijke J. M, Hopman-Rock, Marijke and van Mechelen, Willem (2009) Feasibility and effectiveness of a walking program for community-dwelling older adults with mild cognitive impairment. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 17 (4). pp. 398-415. ISSN 1063-8652 (print), 1543-267X (online)

Abstract

This study examined the feasibility and effect on aerobic fitness of a 1-yr, twiceweekly, group-based moderate-intensity walking program (MI-WP, n = 77) compared with a low-intensity activity program (LI-AP, n = 75) for community-dwelling older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Thirty participants did not start a program; median attendance in the other 122 participants was 71%. Small but significant associations were observed between attendance and memory in the MI-WP and general cognition in the LI-AP. Associations were no longer significant when both groups were analyzed together. Intensity, assessed using percentage of heart-rate reserve and the Borg scale, equaled intended intensity for both programs. Aerobic fitness improved significantly in participants in the MI-WP. In conclusion, cognition was not clearly associated with attendance in the 62 participants starting the MI-WP, and average attendance was good. The intensity was feasible for participants who continued the MI-WP. The findings support the proposal that regular moderate-intensity walking improves aerobic fitness in adults with MCI.

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/21408
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Keywords cognition, exercise, aerobic fitness, elderly, aged, physical activity
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