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Dement Neurocogn Disord. 2012 Dec;11(4):118-123. Korean.
Published online Dec 31, 2012.
Copyright© 2012 Korean Dementia Association
Therapeutic Exercise Strategies in Patients with Dementia
Eun Young Han, M.D., Hyun Jeong Han, M.D.,* Hyeyun Kim, M.D.,* Bo Ryun Kim, M.D. and Sang Hee Im, M.D.
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Jeju National University School of Medicine, Jeju, Korea.
*Department of Neurology, Myongji Hospital, Kwandong University College of Medicine, Goyang, Korea.
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Myongji Hospital, Kwandong University College of Medicine, Goyang, Korea.

Address for correspondence: Sang Hee Im, M.D. Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Myongji Hospital, Kwandong University College of Medicine, 697-24, Hwajung-dong, Deokyang-gu, Goyang 412-270, Korea. Tel: +82-31-810-5406, Fax: +82-31-969-0500, Email:
Received Nov 12, 2012; Revised Nov 12, 2012; Accepted Dec 17, 2012.

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Numerous studies have reported that physical activity and exercise training has beneficial effects in not only healthy elderly individuals, but also patients with mild cognitive impairment and dementia. Although various types of exercise appear to present positive effect for cognitive function, there is no definite exercise guideline as treatment or disease modifying strategies in dementia. The purpose of current article is to review the literatures related to the effect of exercise on cognitive function and to suggest the therapeutic exercise strategies in patients with dementia. Further prospective, longitudinal investigations using this exercise guideline should be warranted to prove the beneficial effects of exercise on cognitive function in patients with dementia.

Keywords: Dementia; Cognitive impairment; Exercise


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