The Happy Antics programme: holistic exercise for people with dementia

Khoo, Yvonne J-Lyn, van Schaik, Paul and McKenna, Jackie (2014) The Happy Antics programme: holistic exercise for people with dementia. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 18 (4). pp. 553-558.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbmt.2014.02.008

Abstract

Background: Holistic exercise for people with dementia could have psychological and physical benefits, but there is a lack of research on the experience of this type of exercise. Therefore, the objective of this study was to determine the feasibility and acceptance of holistic exercise among people with dementia.

Method: A holistic exercise programme for people with dementia was designed and implemented. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken to explore participants' experience of holistic exercise, transcribed verbatim and analyzed.

Results: Seven themes were generated from the data. They were enjoyment, relaxation, keeping active, social interaction, pain relief, learning something new and intention to continue, respectively.

Conclusion: The results of the current small-scale study provide evidence for the feasibility and acceptance of holistic exercise for people with dementia. In addition, participants appeared to benefit in terms of psychological and physical wellbeing.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1532-9283
Departments: STEM
Additional Information: Jae-Llane Ditchburn, née Yvonne J-Lyn Khoo.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2019 11:10
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2019 05:55
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4840

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