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J Gerontol Nurs. 2013 Feb;39(2):21-5. doi: 10.3928/00989134-20130109-03. Epub 2013 Jan 18.

Watermemories: a swimming club for adults with dementia.

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Ipswich Clinical School, The University of Queensland, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brisbane, Australia. christine.neville@uq.edu.au

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to describe the conceptual model and implementation strategies of an evidence-based, aquatic exercise program specifically targeting individuals with dementia-The Watermemories Swimming Club (WSC). Physical exercise not only improves the functional capacity of people with dementia but also has significant effects on other aspects of quality of life such as sleep, appetite, behavioral and psychological symptoms, depression, and falls. Additionally, exercise can improve a person's overall sense of well-being and positively enhance their sociability. The WSC was designed to increase physical exercise while being easy to implement, safe, and pleasurable. Many challenges were faced along the way, and we discuss how these were overcome. Implications for nurses are also provided.

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23327118
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10.3928/00989134-20130109-03
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