Watermemories : a swimming club for people with dementia

Neville, Christine, Clifton, Karen, Henwood, Tim, Beattie, Elizabeth, & McKenzie, Mary-Ann (2013) Watermemories : a swimming club for people with dementia. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 39(2), pp. 21-25.

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to describe the conceptual model and implementation strategies of an evidence-based, aquatic exercise program specifically targeting individuals with dementia—The Watermemories Swimming Club (WSC). Physical exercise not only improves the functional capacity of people with dementia but also has significant effects on other aspects of quality of life such as sleep, appetite, behavioral and psychological symptoms, depression, and falls. Additionally, exercise can improve a person’s overall sense of well-being and positively enhance their sociability. The WSC was designed to increase physical exercise while being easy to implement, safe, and pleasurable. Many challenges were faced along the way, and we discuss how these were overcome. Implications for nurses are also provided.

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ID Code: 66561
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: dementia, swimming, non-pharmacological intervention, protocol
DOI: 10.3928/00989134-20130109-03
ISSN: 0098-9134
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Aged Care Nursing (111001)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 02 Feb 2014 23:06
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 05:18

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