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Design strategies support active lifestyles among people living with dementia by Margaret Calkins, PhD, CAPS, EDAC

There is clear and convincing evidence of the benefits of physical exercise on the cognitive performance of older adults, both those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia and those without symptoms of dementia.1–10 You likely agree with the value of continued physical activity, and thus this article will explore how physical and social environments can be designed to encourage people living with all levels of dementia (from very early to later stages) to continue to be physically active.

An encouraging environment includes spaces designed to support specific physical activities, such as gyms, exercise rooms and pools and spaces, as well as adjacencies and amenities that support less structured physical activity. Our focus will be on designing spaces for less structured activity.

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