The journal of nutrition, health & aging

, Volume 22, Issue 7, pp 824–828 | Cite as

The Effect of Exercise and Social Activity Interventions on Nutritional Status in Older Adults with Dementia Living in Nursing Homes: A Randomised Controlled Trial

  • Mathieu Maltais
  • Y. Rolland
  • P.-E. Haÿ
  • D. Armaingaud
  • P. Cestac
  • L. Rouch
  • P. de Souto Barreto



Examine the effects of a 24-week exercise intervention against a social intervention on body weight, body mass index (BMI) and nutritional status in PWD living in nursing homes.


Randomized controlled trial.


Ninety-one older people with dementia living in nursing homes. Interventions: Exercise (n=44) or social-based activities (n=47), taking place twice per week, for 60 minutes/session, during 24 weeks.


Nutritional status was measured with the mini-nutritional assessment (MNA), weight and BMI.


After the 24-week intervention, none of MNA (B-coeff. 1.28; 95% CI -2.55 to 0.02), weight (-0.06; -1.58 to 1.45) and BMI (-0.05; -0.85 to 0.74) differed significantly between groups after adjustment for multiplicity. In the social group, MNA significantly improved while it remained stable in the exercise group. The percentage of at-risk and malnourished patients reduced in both groups by more than 6%.


The results suggest that social activities have as good effects as exercise activities on nutritional status in PWD nursing home residents.

Key words

Exercise malnutrition weight dementia nursing home social activities 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mathieu Maltais
    • 1
    • 4
  • Y. Rolland
    • 1
    • 2
  • P.-E. Haÿ
    • 3
  • D. Armaingaud
    • 3
  • P. Cestac
    • 1
    • 2
  • L. Rouch
    • 1
    • 2
  • P. de Souto Barreto
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Gérontopôle de ToulouseInstitut du Vieillissement, Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire de ToulouseToulouseFrance
  2. 2.UMR INSERM, 1027University of Toulouse IIIToulouseFrance
  3. 3.Institut Bien Vieillir KorianParisFrance
  4. 4.Gérontopôle de ToulouseInstitut du VieillissementToulouseFrance

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