The Effects of Intuitive Movement Reembodiment on the Quality of Life of Older Adults With Dementia: A Pilot Study

American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease &Other Dementias®, Ahead of Print.
Background:The creative use of reminiscent music and natural movements were reported to have positive effects on the well-being of older adults with cognitive impairment.Objectives:To explore the effects of the intuitive movement reembodiment (IMR) program on the quality of life (QoL) of older adults with dementia.Methods:Data collected from 22 participants were analyzed: group 1 (mild dementia), group 2 (moderate dementia), group 3 (advanced dementia). All study groups participated in 10 weekly sessions. Self-reported QoL ratings were gathered through using the World Health Organisation (WHO)-5 questionnaire, alongside qualitative evidence recorded through onsite observation.Results:Statistically significant improvement in QoL was demonstrated after session 6. The qualitative analysis showed that the IMR sessions provided a sense of humor, imagination, and intuition that motivated the participants to dance and interact with joy.Conclusion:These preliminary positive findings need to be replicated in a larger randomized controlled trial.The Effects of Intuitive Movement Reembodiment on the Quality of Life of Older Adults With Dementia: A Pilot StudyThe Effects of Intuitive Movement Reembodiment on the Quality of Life of Older Adults With Dementia: A Pilot StudyAlzheimers{$excerpt:n}