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Exercise and dementia prevention


Alty, J and Farrow, M and Lawler, K, Exercise and dementia prevention, Practical Neurology, 20, (3) pp. 234-240. ISSN 1474-7758 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1136/practneurol-2019-002335


Ageing, genetic, medical and lifestyle factors contribute to the risk of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Around a third of dementia cases are attributable to modifiable risk factors such as physical inactivity, smoking and hypertension. With the rising prevalence and lack of neuroprotective drugs, there is renewed focus on dementia prevention strategies across the lifespan. Neurologists encounter many people with risk factors for dementia and are frequently asked whether lifestyle changes may help. Exercise has emerged as a key intervention for influencing cognition positively, including reducing the risk of age-related cognitive decline and dementia. This article focuses on the current evidence for physical inactivity as a modifiable dementia risk factor and aims to support neurologists when discussing risk reduction.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:exercise, physical activity, dementia, review
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Preventative health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Alty, J (Dr Jane Alty)
UTAS Author:Farrow, M (Dr Maree Farrow)
UTAS Author:Lawler, K (Dr Katherine Lawler)
ID Code:136976
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2020-01-24
Last Modified:2021-01-27
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