Category: Neurodegenerative Disease (e.g. MS, Parkinson's disease); Complementary Integrative Rehabilitation Medicine
Objective : This study aimed to evaluate the effect of a home–based exercise program using a checklist for mild Alzheimer's disease patients living in their homes.
Design : Design of the study is interventional experimental-control study.
Setting : Subjects of the experimental group and their caregivers conducted subjective evaluation for their participation, satisfaction, and effect by themselves using a checklist. On the other hand, subjects and caregivers enrolled in the control did not conduct the checklist evaluation after performing the exercise program.
Participants (or Animals, Specimens, Cadavers) :
Subjects were defined as patients at the age of 60 years or more and they had mild Alzheimer's diseases with CDR 2 or less. All subjects lived in community.
Interventions : 16 subjects (8 experimental group, 8 control group) participated in the programs with 40 sessions of exercise program (5 times per week) for 30 minutes a session in the patients' homes.
Main Outcome Measure(s) : To analyze results, LOTCA, RCFT, GDS, Tetrax and BBS were used to evaluate the risk of a fall, and they were conducted before and after the exercise program.
In both group, the risk of a fall and the degree of depression were significantly reduced after the intervention (p
The home–based exercise program is effective in reducing the risk of a fall and the degree of depression. In particular, when patients evaluate their own performance by themselves using a checklist, which is a self-evaluable method, they can achieve better results.
Eun Chae LEE– Researcher, Occupational Therapist, Research Instiute for Convergence of Biomedical Science and Technology, Yangsansi, Kyongsang-namdo