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International Journal on Disability and Human Development

Official journal of the the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel

Editor-in-Chief: Merrick, Joav

Editorial Board Member: Brooks, Tony / Carmeli, Eli / Dalton, Arthur J / Davidson, Philip W / Galil, Ahron / Heller, Tamar / Huff, Marlene B. / Janicki, Matthew P. / Kerr, Mike / Levy, Howard B / Lindström, Bengt / Morad, Mohammed / Omar, Hatim A. / Prasher, Vee / Shek, Daniel T.L. / Sher, Leo / Stratakis, Constantine A / Postolache, Teodor T.

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Efficacy of leisure experiences in controlling the onset of dementia in older adults

1 / Dean A. Zoerink2 / Carmen Manchado-Lopez1

1Department of General and Specific Didactics, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain

2Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, USA

Corresponding author: Juan Tortosa-Martinez, PhD, Department of General and Specific Didactics, College of Education, University of Alicante, Carretera San Vicente del Raspeig s/n 03690 San Vicente del Raspeig-Alicante, Spain

Citation Information: International Journal on Disability and Human Development. Volume 10, Issue 2, Pages 103–108, ISSN (Online) 2191-0367, ISSN (Print) 2191-1231, DOI: 10.1515/ijdhd.2011.028, May 2011

Publication History

Received:
2010-10-03
Accepted:
2010-12-05
Published Online:
2011-05-10

Abstract

There is compelling evidence supporting the protective effects that different leisure activities have on dementia. The focus of this study was to explore the degree to which leisure experiences that occur during the lifespan prevent or delay the onset of dementia. Greater protective effects against dementia were associated with engagement in a higher number of activities and greater frequency of participation. Leisure activities were divided into three main groupings: mental, social, and physical activities. All activity groups present positive effects separately; however, leisure activities involving these three components at the same time seem to be most beneficial for preventing or reducing the risk of dementia in later life.

Keywords: Alzheimer’s disease; cognitive; dementia; leisure; physical activity; social

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