The complexities of dementia provide a challenge for both those living with the disease and the people caring for their loved ones at home. Even though most people want to live at home, the physical and cognitive burdens of the disease, combined with caregiver stress, increases the risk of institutionalisation.
Success has been achieved with programs offering support to the caregiver. Research also shows the benefits of exercise for people living with dementia. What is missing in clinical practice is an evidence-based, sustainable, cost-effective program that integrates these two separate approaches by simultaneously targeting the concerns of both the caregiver and the cared-for pair.