Physical and functional implications of aquatic exercise for nursing home residents with dementia

Henwood, T. and Neville, C. and Baguley, C. and Clifton, K. and Beattie, E. (2015) Physical and functional implications of aquatic exercise for nursing home residents with dementia. Geriatric Nursing , 36 (1). pp. 35-39. ISSN 0197-4572

Abstract

Exercise has reported benefits for those with dementia. In the current study we investigated the feasibility of delivery and the physical and functional benefits of an innovative aquatic exercise program for adults with moderate to severe dementia living in a nursing home aged care facility. Ten adults (88.4 years, inter quartile range 12.3) participated twice weekly for 12 weeks. Anthropometric and grip strength data, and measures of physical function and balance were collected at baseline and post-intervention. Feasibility was assessed by attendance, participation, enjoyment and recruitment. Following exercise, participant's left hand grip strength had improved significantly (. p=.017). Small to moderate effect sizes were observed for other measures. A number of delivery challenges emerged, but participant enjoyment, benefits and attendance suggest feasibility. Aquatic exercise shows promise as an intervention among those with dementia who live in a nursing home aged care facility. Greater program investigation is warranted.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery (1 Jan 2015 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery (1 Jan 2015 -)
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2019 00:47
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2019 06:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: dementia, physical and functional capacity, aquatic exercise, measure reliability
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111001 Aged Care Nursing
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2014.10.009
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35524

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