Effects and feasibility of an exercise intervention for individuals living with dementia in nursing homes : Study protocol

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Brett, Lindsey, Traynor, Victoria, Stapley, Paul and Meedya, Shahla. (2017). Effects and feasibility of an exercise intervention for individuals living with dementia in nursing homes : Study protocol. International Psychogeriatrics. 29(9), pp. 1565-1577. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1041610217000138
AuthorsBrett, Lindsey, Traynor, Victoria, Stapley, Paul and Meedya, Shahla
Abstract

Background:
Worldwide, there are an estimated 35.6 million individuals living with dementia. It is important that non-pharmacological therapies are utilized to help manage the symptoms of dementia, such as agitation, as they are the recommended first approach in best practice guidelines.

Methods:
This protocol outlines a randomized controlled trial with a qualitative component which evaluated the effects and feasibility of a physical therapist-led physical exercise intervention on agitation of individuals living with dementia in nursing homes. Physical performance levels were considered as a secondary outcome. This evidence-based protocol consisted of a range of adaptable physical exercises that targeted strength, balance, endurance, and flexibility. To help determine the optimum parameters for this population group, the study used two intervention groups: (a) physical exercise intervention for 45 minutes once a week; (b) physical exercise intervention for 15 minutes three times a week (total time also 45 minutes per week). Both intervention groups were compared to a control group, which continued to participate in usual care only (no specific physical exercise intervention), such as basic seated exercise class, carpet bowls, and “armchair” activities.

Conclusions:
The physical therapist-led physical exercise intervention detailed in this protocol could be integrated into dementia care in nursing homes or other similar settings to help reduce agitation and improve physical performance.

Keywordsdementia; exercise; aged care; agitation; nursing home
Year2017
JournalInternational Psychogeriatrics
Journal citation29 (9), pp. 1565-1577
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN1041-6102
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/S1041610217000138
PubMed ID28287054
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85015029849
Page range1565-1577
FunderUniversity of Wollongong
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Deposited20 Sep 2023
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