Perceived benefits of an aquatic activity program on the behaviors of those with memory impairments: A pilot study

Mary Lou Schilling, Roger Coles, Chris Simons, Robert Frost

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Abstract

A single-subject, alternating treatment design was used to compare the effects of an aquatic versus land-based activity intervention on the behaviors of participants with memory impairment or dementia. Nineteen intervention days were implemented over a duration of 60 days. Results of this preliminary investigation suggest that there is no difference in participant behavior, mood, or orientation when engaged in land-based versus aquatic based activity. The investigators recommend the use of aquatics for individuals with dementia, especially for those individuals with a history of swimming, owning a pool, or living near a lake.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-304
Number of pages13
JournalActivities, Adaptation and Aging
Volume42
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2018

Keywords

  • aquatics
  • dementia
  • memory impairments
  • swimming

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