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Music-Based Sling Exercise for Cognition and Function of Older Adults with Dementia

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posted on 2022-07-04, 05:40 authored by Hyun-Ju Park, Duck-Won Oh, Tae-Woo Kang

This study investigated the effect of a rhythmic sling mobility exercise program on cognitive and functional ability in community-dwelling older adults with dementia.

Forty patients with dementia were allocated into either the experimental group (n1 = 21) that performed the rhythmic sling mobility exercise program while listening to their favorite popular music, or the control group (n2 = 19) that performed daily routine activities. The intervention was performed for an average of 1 hour 5 times a week for 4 months.

There were changes between the pretest and post-test values of cognition and functional ability between the two groups that indicate significant improvement, with medium to large effects size (d) (MMSE: −0.548; GS: −0.842; BBS: −1.700; 10MWT: −0.656; and MBI: −1.303).

These findings suggest that the rhythmic sling mobility exercise program may be used to improve cognitive and functional recovery in community-dwelling older adults with dementia.

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