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Assessing Changes in Cognitive Function and Quality of Life associated with Exercise in Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and their Caregivers

Volume 1 - Issue 4

Lesley A Clack*, Jodi Ashman, Christine Widmer and Bryan L Riemann

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    • Department of Health Sciences, Armstrong State University, USA

    *Corresponding author: Lesley Clack, Department of Health Sciences, Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, Georgia 31419, USA

Received: August 14, 2017;   Published: September 06, 2017

DOI: 10.26717/BJSTR.2017.01.000330

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The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a community-based, multi-modal exercise program on cognitive functioning and quality of life in individuals with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers. Assessments were administered pre and post participation in the program to assess changes in psychosocial functioning and changes in cognitive functioning in individuals with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. Results for individuals with Parkinson’s were statistically significant for both assessments while the change in scores from pre-test to post-test was not statistically significant for caregivers. The results of the study highlight the benefits of the program for individuals with Parkinson’s.

Keywords: Parkinson’s; Cognitive; Caregiver; Quality of Life; Exercise

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