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Geriatrics 2016, 1(3), 18;

Effects of a 12-Week Municipal Dementia Prevention Program on Cognitive/Motor Functions among the Community-Dwelling Elderly

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Graduate School of Health Sciences, Gunma University, 3-39-22 Showa-machi, Maebashi-shi, Gunma 371-8514, Japan
Isesaki City Office, 2-410 Imaizumi-cho, Isesaki, Gunma 372-8501, Japan
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Academic Editor: Joaquim Cerejeira
Received: 24 April 2016 / Revised: 12 July 2016 / Accepted: 13 July 2016 / Published: 18 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Medical Disorders and Cognition in the Elderly)
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In a rapidly aging society, like that in Japan, it is imperative to establish strategies to prevent dementia. We investigated the effects of a dementia prevention program, conducted as part of a municipality’s long-term care prevention project, on cognitive/motor functions among the community-dwelling elderly. Participants underwent a physical activity program involving muscle training and aerobic exercise, once a week, for 12 weeks. Cognitive and motor tests were performed twice, before and after the intervention. Thirty participants, aged 75.7 ± 6.7 years, were included in the analysis. Scores from the immediate word memory task were significantly increased (23.0 ± 7.8 vs. 25.7 ± 6.5) after the program. Scores from the Yamaguchi Kanji Symbol Substitution Test were also significantly increased (36.2 ± 13.1 vs. 40.1 ± 14.1). Time spent during the 5 m maximum walking speed test was significantly shorter after the program (3.4 ± 0.8 vs. 3.0 ± 0.7 s), whereas the daily walking distance increased significantly (1.9 ± 1.5 vs. 3.1 ± 2.2 km). Participants showed improvement in some aspects of their cognitive/motor function and walking distance per day. Therefore, this program can be regarded as a practical community-based healthcare activity. View Full-Text
Keywords: prevention of dementia; community-dwelling elderly; physical activity prevention of dementia; community-dwelling elderly; physical activity

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Kamegaya, T.; Yamaguchi, H.; Long-Term-Care Prevention Team of Isesaki City Community General Support Center. Effects of a 12-Week Municipal Dementia Prevention Program on Cognitive/Motor Functions among the Community-Dwelling Elderly. Geriatrics 2016, 1, 18.

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