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Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2008 Apr-May;23(2):132-42. doi: 10.1177/1533317507312556. Epub 2008 Jan 3.

A lifestyle physical activity intervention for caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease.

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  • 1College of Nursing, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL 60612, USA. Carol_J_Farran@rush.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The purpose of this pilot study was to examine the effects of lifestyle physical activity in caregivers (CGs) of persons with Alzheimer's disease.

METHODS:

Fifteen CGs engaged in lifestyle physical activity during a 6-month, home-based health promotion program. Mean changes in self-reported physical activity were compared using repeated-measures analysis of variance.

RESULTS:

Fifty percent of CGs increased total self-reported minutes and 42% increased total moderate minutes of physical activity from preintervention to postintervention; however, no CG engaged in vigorous physical activity and there were no significant improvements in self-reported physical activity for the total group. Hot summer weather, heavy non-caregiving responsibilities, heavy caregiving responsibilities, and feelings of anxiety, depressive symptoms, and fatigue were the most frequently identified physical activity barriers.

CONCLUSION:

Incorporating an individualized, home-based program of lifestyle physical activity appears feasible; however, attention needs to be given in the future to physical activity barriers identified by this select group of CGs.

PMID:
18174315
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PMCID:
PMC2758783
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