Aquatics: A Viable Activity Option for Seniors with Memory Impairments: Strategies for Success


  • Mary Lou Schilling Central Michigan University
  • Roger Coles Central Michigan University
  • Suzanne Gareiss Central Michigan University
  • Laura Beattie Central Michigan University


aquatic, dementia, memory impairments


The use of aquatic exercise has long been considered a healing intervention for those with physical disability (Becker, 2009). Recent literature suggests that those with cognitive deficits may also benefit from aquatic interventions. In particular, this article provides an overview of the use of aquatics in the management of symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of memory impairments. A discussion of the physical, behavioral, and cognitive benefits will be reviewed. The authors will provide an overview of best practice strategies for the safe implementation of an aquatic program and recommend assessment strategies to document success of this intervention.


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