Physical and functional implications of aquatic exercise for nursing home residents with dementia
Henwood, Tim, Neville, Christine, Baguley, Chantelle, Clifton, Karen, & Beattie, Elizabeth (2015) Physical and functional implications of aquatic exercise for nursing home residents with dementia. Geriatric Nursing, 36(1), pp. 35-39.
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:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||dementia, physical and functional capacity, aquatic exercise, measure reliability|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600) > Exercise Physiology (110602)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Residential Client Care (111718)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2014 Elsevier Inc.|
|Deposited On:||13 Jan 2015 23:08|
|Last Modified:||12 May 2015 03:17|
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