Dementia friendly swimming sessions help patients and carers, study finds

University of Nottingham | May 2018 | Dementia friendly swimming sessions help patients and carers, study finds

New research has been carried out by researchers at the University of Nottingham and the Institute of Mental Health looked at the impact of swimming sessions on people living with dementia and how they affect their carers.  The researchers intended to find out what impact swimming sessions have on the lives of people with dementia and how they affect the experience of their carers. The project also explored how and in what ways swimming sessions at public pools can be made ‘dementia friendly.’ 

Using interviews, the researchers interviewed people with dementia, their carers and staff who ran the swimming sessions at a leisure centre. According to the researchers the feedback from individuals with dementia and their carers was overwhelmingly positive, they also noted how the sessions boosted the confidence of the swimmers (University of Nottingham).
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The full press release is available from the University of Nottingham 

A paper based on this research has been published in the journal   Dementia,

The article can be requested by Rotherham NHS staff here

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