Acceptability of a dyadic Tai Chi intervention for older people living with dementia and their informal carers.

Barrado-Martin, Y., Heward, M., Polman, R. and Nyman, S.R., 2018. Acceptability of a dyadic Tai Chi intervention for older people living with dementia and their informal carers. Journal of aging and physical activity. (In Press)

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Official URL: https://journals.humankinetics.com/journal/japa

DOI: 10.1123/japa.2017-0267

Abstract

Exercise is effective in preventing falls amongst older adults. However, few studies have included people living with dementia and their carers and explored their experiences. The aim of this paper is to explore what affects the acceptability of exercise interventions to better meet the needs of people with dementia and their carers as a dyad. Observations, field notes containing participants and instructor’s feedback, and focus groups with 10 dyads involved in Tai Chi classes for 3 or 4 weeks in two sites in the South of England were thematically analysed to understand their experiences. Findings suggest that dyads’ determination to achieve the benefits of Tai Chi facilitated their adherence, whereas a member of the dyad’s low sense of efficacy performing the movements during classes was a barrier. Simplifying class content and enhancing the clarity of instructions for home-based practice will be key to support the design of future exercise interventions.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1063-8652
Uncontrolled Keywords:Exercise; Qualitative; Dyad; Community-dwelling; Falls;
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:30861
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:15 Jun 2018 09:51
Last Modified:10 Oct 2018 11:12

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