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Effects of a Telephone-Based Exercise Intervention for Dementia Caregiving Wives: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
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PMID:  21709757     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Despite the importance of self-care for dementia caregivers, few interventions have included a focus on health behaviors. The current study reports outcomes of a telephone-based exercise intervention designed for women caring for a spouse with dementia. Caregivers (N = 137) were randomized to intervention or control conditions. Participants with at or below-median exercise scores at baseline had a significantly greater increase in exercise at six-month follow-up compared to their control counterparts. At 6 months, participants had greater reductions in perceived stress relative to controls. Participants also reported significantly greater increases in exercise self-efficacy than caregivers in the control group at both follow-up points. . Results indicate that spouse caregivers are able to increase their physical activity and that a focus on exercise in multi-component interventions may be beneficial. Debate and discussion is needed to inform expectations for program impacts and their maintenance and to explore the interface between enhanced self-care and caregiving perceptions.
Cathleen M Connell; Mary R Janevic
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Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of applied gerontology : the official journal of the Southern Gerontological Society     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0733-4648     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2009 Apr 
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Created Date:  2011-6-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8606502     Medline TA:  J Appl Gerontol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  171-194     Citation Subset:  -    
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P50 AG008671-11//NIA NIH HHS

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