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Prescribing physical activity as a preventive measure for middle-aged Australians with dementia risk factors


Annear, M and Lucas, P and Wilkinson, T and Shimizu, Y, Prescribing physical activity as a preventive measure for middle-aged Australians with dementia risk factors, Australian Journal of Primary Health, 25, (2) pp. 108-112. ISSN 1448-7527 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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CSIRO 2019

DOI: doi:10.1071/PY18171


Dementia is increasing in Australia in line with population ageing and is expected to peak by mid-century. The development of common forms of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, is associated with lifestyle-related risk factors that are prevalent among middle-aged Australians, including obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes and depression. These risk factors can be significantly ameliorated through regular participation in moderate aerobic physical activity (PA). Current national and international guidelines recommend at least 150 min of aerobic PA per week for achieving health protective effects. Lifestyle intervention is a critical area for action as there are currently no medical or pharmaceutical interventions that can halt the progression of common dementias. Physician-patient discussions concerning risk reduction via habitual aerobic PA offers a complementary intervention as part of broader dementia management. Evidence suggests that to achieve the highest rates of adherence to PA, physician advice in primary care should be supported by wider policies, institutions and community services that offer a meaningful referral pathway and patient follow up after initial assessment. International Green Prescription programs provide examples of physician-led interventions in primary care that could inform further action in Australia.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cognitive health, exercise, International Green Prescription
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Health promotion
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Lucas, P (Dr Peter Lucas)
ID Code:133336
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Paramedicine
Deposited On:2019-06-24
Last Modified:2020-08-10

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