Exploring the effect of aquatic exercise on behaviour and psychological well-being in people with moderate to severe dementia: a pilot study of the Watermemories Swimming Club

Neville, Christine, Henwood, Timothy, Beattie, Elizabeth and Fielding, Elaine (2014) Exploring the effect of aquatic exercise on behaviour and psychological well-being in people with moderate to severe dementia: a pilot study of the Watermemories Swimming Club. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 33 2: 124-127. doi:10.1111/ajag.12076

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Author Neville, Christine
Henwood, Timothy
Beattie, Elizabeth
Fielding, Elaine
Title Exploring the effect of aquatic exercise on behaviour and psychological well-being in people with moderate to severe dementia: a pilot study of the Watermemories Swimming Club
Journal name Australasian Journal on Ageing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-6381
1741-6612
Publication date 2014-05-31
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ajag.12076
Open Access Status
Volume 33
Issue 2
Start page 124
End page 127
Total pages 4
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aim: To explore the effects of a dementia-specific, aquatic exercise intervention on behavioural and psychological symptoms in people with dementia (BPSD).

Method: Residents from two aged care facilities in Queensland, Australia, received a 12-week intervention consisting of aquatic exercises for strength, agility, flexibility, balance and relaxation. The Psychological Well-Being in Cognitively Impaired Persons Scale (PW-BCIP) and the Revised Memory and Behaviour Problems Checklist (RMBPC) were completed by registered nurses at baseline, week 6, week 9 and post intervention.

Results: Ten women and one man (median age = 88.4 years, interquartile range = 12.3) participated. Statistically significant declines in the RMBPC and PW-BCIP were observed over the study period.

Conclusion: Preliminary evidence suggests that a dementia-specific, aquatic exercise intervention reduces BPSD and improves psychological well-being in people with moderate to severe dementia. With further testing, this innovative intervention may prove effective in addressing some of the most challenging aspects of dementia care.
Keyword Behavioural and psychological symptoms
Dementia
Long-term care
Non-pharmacological intervention
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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