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Adherence to the class-based component of a Tai Chi exercise intervention for people living with dementia and their informal carers.

Barrado-Martin, Y., Heward, M., Polman, R. and Nyman, S.R., 2021. Adherence to the class-based component of a Tai Chi exercise intervention for people living with dementia and their informal carers. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. (In Press)

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Abstract

Objective: The aim of this study was to understand the experiences of people living with dementia and their informal carers’ taking part together (in dyads) in Tai Chi classes and the aspects influencing their adherence. Methods: Dyads’ experiences of taking part in Tai Chi classes for 20 weeks within the TACIT Trial were explored through class observations (n = 22 dyads), home-interviews (n = 15 dyads) and feedback. Data was inductively coded following thematic analysis. Results: Tai Chi classes designed for people with dementia and their informal carers were enjoyable and its movements, easy to learn. Facilitators of their adherence were the socializing component and their enjoyment of the classes, whereas unexpected health problems were the main barrier. Discussion: Finding the optimal level of challenge in the class setting might be crucial for people with dementia to feel satisfied about their progression over sessions and enable their continued participation.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1063-8652
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:34732
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:26 Oct 2020 09:51
Last Modified:26 Oct 2020 09:51

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