Psychosocial benefits of exercise for older adults with amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment: Innovative practice.
Dementia (London). 2017 Jan 1:1471301217725895. Epub 2017 Jan 1. PMID: 28828890
The aim of this study was to explore the perceived psychosocial benefits of a three-month exercise program for 10 older adults with amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment, a condition in which memory loss is the main symptom. Qualitative data were collected by observation (research diary) and 20 semi-structured interviews with the participants (10) and their caregivers (10). The narratives showed remarkable psychosocial benefits, such as improved mood, motivation, autonomy, perceived competence, self-esteem, and social relationships. The results of this study should provide new insights into the importance of exercise for this population, and may help to design appropriate programs for them.