Title

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

Date of this Version

1-1-2015

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Citation only

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

Access the journal

© Copyright, Elsevier, 2015

2015 HERDC Submission

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 postintervention. Feasibility was assessed by attendance, participation, enjoyment and recruitment. Following exercise, participant’s left hand grip strength had improved significantly (p ¼ .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.

This document is currently not available here.

Share

COinS
 

This document has been peer reviewed.