Dementia-Inclusive Choices for Exercise Toolkit: Impact on the Knowledge, Perspective, and Practices of Exercise Providers

Laura E. Middleton*, Chelsea Pelletier, Melissa Koch, Rebekah Norman, Sherry Dupuis, Arlene Astell, Lora Giangrigorio, Shannon Freeman

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Abstract

Physical activity improves the 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 both knowledge and attitudes toward dementia significantly improved. Thematic analysis suggested participants (a) had a 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
Early online date23 Jan 2024
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Jan 2024

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