Association between cognitive status and physical activity: Study profile on baseline survey of the my mind project

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Background: The incidence of people with dementia is expected to increase significantly in the coming years, but it seems that there is a relationship between an active lifestyle and cognitive decline. The present study aimed to compare the characteristics and engagement in the physical activity (PA) of three groups of Italian elderly with different cognitive statuses at baseline phase. Methods: Data were examined using the results from the “My Mind Project” on 305 community-dwelling Italians. The sample was comprised of 93 subjects with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), 109 with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and 103 healthy elderly (HE). Results: Classification of subjects on the basis of Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly (PASE) score showed that 47% of HE performed the highest level of physical activity while 40% of AD performed the lowest level. MCI subjects were distributed quite homogeneously across the levels (p <0.001). Physical activity such as walking and light sports was carried out mainly and more frequently by HE as compared to the others (p <0.05). As regards functional status, AD presented worse conditions in basic and instrumental activities of daily living than the other groups (p <0.001). Conclusions: Our results evidenced that subjects with cognitive decline had the tendency to engage in PA less than HE. In particular, age and education negatively affected engagement in PA.

Original languageEnglish
Article number585
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 14 2016


  • Dementia
  • Elderly
  • Life style
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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