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Dementia-inclusive choices for exercise toolkit: impact on the knowledge, perspectives, and practices of exercise provider

Middleton, L., Pelletier, C., Koch, M., Norman, R., Dupuis, S., Astell, A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6822-9472, Giangorgio, L., Freeman, S. and DICE RESEARCH TEAM, T. (2023) Dementia-inclusive choices for exercise toolkit: impact on the knowledge, perspectives, and practices of exercise provider. Frontiers in Dementia. ISSN 2813-3919 (In Press)

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Abstract/Summary

Physical activity improves well-being of persons living with dementia but few exercise programs include them. The Dementia-Inclusive Choices for Exercise (DICE) toolkit aims to improve exercise providers’ understanding of dementia and ability to support persons living with dementia in physical activity. We evaluated the co-designed DICE toolkit with exercise providers using a mixed-methods approach comprising pre/post questionnaires and interviews, and reflection diaries. Among 16 participants, self-efficacy for exercise delivery to persons living with dementia, and knowledge and attitudes towards dementia improved (p<0.05). Thematic analysis suggested participants: a) had deeper understanding of the variability of dementia; b) were planning for equitable access for persons living with dementia; c) planned to promote social connection through exercise; and d) were optimistic for future engagement with persons living with dementia. The DICE toolkit may improve exercise providers’ knowledge and confidence to plan proactively to support persons living with dementia in programs and services.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Ageing
ID Code:112522
Publisher:Frontiers

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