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Barriers, motivators and facilitators of physical activity in people with dementia and their family carers in England: Dyadic Interviews

Farina, Nicolas and Williams, Alice and Clarke, Kirsty and Hughes, Laura J and Thomas, Serena and Lowry, Ruth and Banerjee, Sube (2020) 'Barriers, motivators and facilitators of physical activity in people with dementia and their family carers in England: Dyadic Interviews.' Aging and Mental Health. ISSN 1360-7863

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Abstract

Introduction: Physical activity may have a number of physical and mental health benefits for people with dementia and their carers. However, there is limited evidence about factors that influence physical activity participation in these groups. This study therefore looks at the barriers, facilitators and motivators of physical activity in people with dementia, from both the perspective of the person with dementia and their carer. Method: Thirty participants (15 sets of community-dwelling people with dementia and their family carers) were recruited from the South East of England. The participants took part in semi-structured dyadic interviews about their views of physical activity. Interviews were analysed using inductive thematic analysis at an individual level and comparisons were made between the groups. Results: Common motivator themes across persons with dementia and family carers were emotional and physical wellbeing, and social connectedness. Physical health was seen as a common barrier in both groups. Physical activity in the person with dementia was encouraged and supported by the family carer. For the carer, their caring role, and limited time acted as barriers to their participation. Conclusion: Themes such as social connectedness, positive emotion and health were seen as key motivators to physical activity, which indicate that people with dementia and carers use physical activity as a means to maintain and improve their quality of life. Supporting family members to better facilitate such activities could encourage physical activity in people with dementia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: dementia, exercise, family, caregivers, attitudes, cognitive impairment
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2020 11:55
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2020 07:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/26675

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