Aging Clinical and Experimental Research

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 279–285 | Cite as

A physical exercise program using music-supported video-based training in older adults in nursing homes suffering from dementia: a feasibility study

  • Joke SpildoorenEmail author
  • Ite Speetjens
  • Johan Abrahams
  • Peter Feys
  • Annick Timmermans
Short Communication



Motivation towards an exercise program is higher in a small group setting in comparison to individual therapy. Due to attentional problems, group exercises are difficult for people with Alzheimer disease (AD). This study evaluates the feasibility of a music-supported video-based group exercise program in older adults suffering from AD.


Five participants with moderate AD were recruited from a nursing home. A progressive physical exercise program using a video-based training with musical accompaniment was performed and digitally recorded to investigate the adherence and performed accuracy of the exercises.


The overall participation during the exercises was 84.1%. The quality of the performance was for all exercises above the cut-off scores.


A music-supported video-based group exercise program is feasible in persons with AD. The participants were motivated and the expectations towards the program increased over time. Music seemed an important factor for attention in participants with AD.


Alzheimer disease Group therapy Video-based exercise Nursing home Music 




Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

All authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in this study was in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. This study was approved by the leading ethics committee of the Medical department of the University of Leuven and the local ethics committee of the Medical department of the Hasselt.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from the patient included in the case report.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences, REVAL Rehabilitation Research Center, BIOMED Biomedical Research InstituteHasselt UniversityDiepenbeekBelgium
  2. 2.Zorggroep BegralimHasseltBelgium

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