University of Hertfordshire


  • 907055

    Final published version, 499 KB, PDF document

  • Thomas Dannhauser
  • M. Cleverley
  • Tim Whitfield
  • Ben Fletcher
  • Z. Walker
  • Tim Stevens
View graph of relations
Original languageEnglish
Article number129
Number of pages9
JournalBMC Psychiatry
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2014


Dementia affects 35 million people worldwide and is currently incurable. Many cases may be preventable because regular participation in physical, mental and social leisure activities during middle age is associated with up to 47% dementia risk reduction. However, the majority of middle-aged adults are not active enough. MCI is therefore a clear target for activity interventions aimed at reducing dementia risk. An active lifestyle during middle age reduces dementia risk but it remains to be determined if increased activity reduces dementia risk when MCI is already evident. Before this can be investigated conclusively, complex multimodal activity programmes are required that (1) combine multiple health promoting activities, (2) engage people with MCI, and (3) result in sufficient adherence rates


© 2014 Dannhauser et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited. The version of record, Thomas M. Dannhauser, Martin Cleverly, Tim J. Whitfield, Ben (C) Fletcher, and Tim Stevens, 'A complex multimodal activity intervention to reduce the risk of dementia in mild cognitive impairment - ThinkingFit: pilot and feasibility study for a randomized controlled trial', BMC Psychiatry, 2014, 14: 129, is available online via doi: 10.1186/1471-244X-14-129

ID: 2785750