New Study: Can HIIT help older adults with dementia?

April 4, 2016

By Bodyfit NT Exercise Physiologist Alex Bruggisser

DID YOU KNOW that dementia is among the leading causes of older adults losing their ability to live independently?!

Recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, was an interesting study looking into older adults with dementia and whether high intensity functional exercise programs helped improve independence in ADLs (activities of daily living) and balance. The researchers divided the group of over 65s with a dementia diagnosis into two groups – one group completed high intensity functional training for the lower limbs and the other group focused on less strenuous seated exercises.

The results?

They showed that 4 months of high intensity functional training (HIIT) CAN postpone loss of independence in ADLs among those with non-Alzheimer’s dementia as well as improve their balance. BUT more research needs to be done to work out if the results would be different with different types of dementia and how Alzheimer’s changes things.

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