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

van Uffelen, Jannique G.Z., 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: 398-415.


Author van Uffelen, Jannique G.Z.
Chinapaw, Marijke J.M.
Hopman-Rock, Marijke
van Mechelen, Willem
Title Feasibility and effectiveness of a walking program for community-dwelling older adults with mild cognitive impairment
Journal name Journal of Aging and Physical Activity   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1063-8652
1543-267X
Publication date 2009-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 17
Issue 4
Start page 398
End page 415
Total pages 18
Editor Donna Loyle
Place of publication Champaign, U.S.A.
Publisher Human Kinetics Publishers
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
C1
920502 Health Related to Ageing
111702 Aged Health Care
111712 Health Promotion
1117 Public Health and Health Services
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.
Keyword Cognition
Exercise
Aerobic fitness
Randomized controlled trial
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

 
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