Journal article

Can balance exercise programmes improve balance and related physical performance measures in people with dementia? A systematic review

Plaiwan Suttanon, Keith Hill, Catherine Said, Karen Dodd

EUROPEAN REVIEW OF AGING AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2010

Abstract

This review presents the physical performance outcomes of randomised trials investigating exercise programmes that included balance exercise for older people with dementia. A systematic literature search through five computerised bibliographic databases until February 2009 was carried out. Of 1,038 potentially relevant published articles, only seven met the inclusion criteria and were extracted. Findings from the review for a total of 632 participants showed that almost all of the included studies addressed exercise or physical activities as the main intervention; however, only two of the studies focused on balance exercise. The effect size values varied from no effect (0. 00) to a large eff..

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