The Movement Disorder Society

MDS 17th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders, Volume 28,
June 2013 Abstract Supplement

Movement Disorders 2013
Sydney, Australia June 16-20, 2013.


The effects of cardiovascular exercise on cognitive function in individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD)

McCamish ,  J., Samson ,  A., Vrongistinos ,  K., Jung ,  T.

Northridge, CA, USA

Objective:

To examine the effects of cardiovascular exercise (CVE) on cognitive function in individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD).

Background:

The effects of CVE on cognitive function have been well documented in the healthy aging population. Most of the previous studies involving exercise and PD have primarily examined motor outcomes such as ecconomy of movement, balance, and gait. Relatively limited evidence has been accumulated for the effectiveness of exercise, specifically CVE, on cognitive function in the population with PD.

Methods:

A total of 10 participants (age 65± 3, 8 men and 2 women) with PD (Hoehn & Yahr I-III) were randomly assigned to the CVE or the home exercise group (HEG). Each participant in the CVE group performed 30-40 minute stationary bike exercise three times a week maintaining 60 - 75% of their age-predicted maximum heart rate over a 12-week intervention period. The HEG was provided a home-based stretching manual and instructed to perform mild stretches at home three times per week for the same 12-week period. Cognitive tests were administered using the CNS Vital Signs © cognitive function test battery and the Scales for Outcomes in Parkinsons Disease – Cognition (SCOPA-cog) ©. In addition, quality of life was assessed using the Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire – 39 (PDQ-39) ©. All tests were administered four times: pre-, 4-weeks, 8-weeks, and post-intervention.

Results:

Preliminary data showed greater improvement in reaction time and complex attention among participants in the CVE group as compared to those in the HEG. There was no significant group interaction found in the quality of life questionnaire.

Conclusions:

The findings indicate that CVE can be helpful for people with PD to maintain and improve cognitive functions while it may not affect much of their perceived quality of life.

To cite this abstract, please use the following information:
McCamish, J., Samson, A., Vrongistinos, K., Jung, T.; The effects of cardiovascular exercise on cognitive function in individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) [abstract]. Movement Disorders 2013;28 Suppl 1 :566