Physical activity and dementia: The need for prevention trials

Deborah E. Barnes, Rachel Whitmer, Kristine Yaffe

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Dementia is a common and debilitating disease that will increase dramatically for the next 50 years unless a prevention or treatment is identified. This review summarizes the evidence that physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of dementia in older adults and recommends that prevention trials be performed to determine whether this association is causal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-29
Number of pages6
JournalExercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Aged
  • Cognitive decline
  • Epidemiology
  • Exercise
  • Fitness
  • Mechanisms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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