Exercise with music helps keep dementia from worsening, Mie University researchers report

The Japan Times 

Associate professor Masayuki Sato, who leads the research team, also said exercising with music helps dementia patients maintain daily activities more than exercise alone. The team asked 31 people with mild to moderate symptoms of dementia living in the towns of Mihama and Kiho in the prefecture to conduct 40 minutes of exercise to the music once a week for six months. They sat on a chair and bent and stretched their arms and waists and stamped their feet along with pop music with varying tempos. The team said those who participated in the program managed to maintain their physical activity level regarding daily routines, including changing clothes, eating and taking a bath, better than another group of 31 dementia patients who were only engaged in brain training exercises such as playing games and solving math questions. "We believe that exercising along with music proved highly effective because it is more complicating than just moving your body," Sato said.