A feasibility study investigating the role of physical activity for adults with early onset dementia and their carers
PHE ePoster Library. Newton E. 09/12/17; 186596; 28
Ms. Emily Newton
Ms. Emily Newton
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Abstract The Cochrane collaboration review suggests that exercise programmes may have a significant impact on improving cognitive function and the ability to perform Active Daily Living (ADL) in adults with dementia. In addition, findings reveal that the burden experienced by caregivers, may be reduced if they participate in the exercise programme.For the purposes of the study, early onset dementia is defined as a diagnosis under the age of 60 years. Participants were identified by the Alzheimer's Society and participants with dementia (n=11) and carers (n=10) were recruited. A 15 week programme of one hour per week of physical activity took place at a leisure centre.The quality of life of individuals with dementia and their carers was assessed using the Quality of Life in AD scale and The Adult Carer Quality of Life Questionnaire (AC-QoL). Participants and carers' reflections of the study were captured using audio recordings, photographic images, and film and sound recordings.A thematic analysis suggests emergent themes of physical ability, confidence, mood and memory. One carer lost four stone in weight. All participants were still active after 9 months.Our findings have led to replication of the programme and creation of two further sessions. A short film documenting the study is being used to raise awareness and disseminate good practice.
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