Physical activity and dementia: The need for prevention trials

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2007 Jan;35(1):24-9. doi: 10.1097/JES.0b013e31802d6bc2.


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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aging / physiology
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Dementia / physiopathology
  • Dementia / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Motor Activity*
  • Risk Factors