Watermemories: A swimming club for adults with dementia

Neville, Christine, Clifton, Karen, Henwood, Tim, Beattie, Elizabeth and McKenzie, Mary-Ann (2013) Watermemories: A swimming club for adults with dementia. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 39 2: 21-25. doi:10.3928/00989134-20130109-03

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Author Neville, Christine
Clifton, Karen
Henwood, Tim
Beattie, Elizabeth
McKenzie, Mary-Ann
Title Watermemories: A swimming club for adults with dementia
Journal name Journal of Gerontological Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0098-9134
Publication date 2013-02
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3928/00989134-20130109-03
Volume 39
Issue 2
Start page 21
End page 25
Total pages 5
Place of publication Thorofare, NJ United States
Publisher Slack
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted 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.
Keyword Alzheimers Disease
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Fri, 15 Mar 2013, 16:39:40 EST by Dr Christine Neville on behalf of School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work