A Structured Physical Exercise Program Reduces Professional Caregiver's Burden Caused by Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Acute Dementia Care: Randomized Controlled Trial Results

Tim Fleiner, Hannah Dauth, Wiebren Zijlstra, Peter Haussermann

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Abstract

Physical exercise is an effective treatment approach for neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS), but it is unknown whether the reduction of NPS has an impact on professional caregiver burden. A randomized controlled trial in acute dementia care with N = 70 patients, n = 35 per group, was conducted. The intervention group (IG) received an exercise program, the control group a social stimulation program. The RM-ANOVA showed a significant group x time interaction with time effects for the IG and decreased caregiver burden due to the exercise program at follow-up. Physical exercise programs may not only be beneficial for the patients but also for their professional caregivers.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Alzheimer's Disease
Volume74
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)429-433
Number of pages5
ISSN1387-2877
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 06.02.2020

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