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Effects of a telephone-based exercise intervention for dementia caregiving wives: A randomized controlled trial


Connell, Cathleen M., Janevic, Mary R.


Journal of Applied Gerontology, Volume: 28, No.: 2, Pages.: 171-194

Year of Publication



Despite the importance of self-care for dementia caregivers, few interventions have included a focus on health behaviors. This 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 6-month follow-up compared with 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 are needed to inform expectations for program effects and their maintenance and to explore the interface between enhanced self care and caregiving perceptions. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved). (journal abstract)

Bibtex Citation

@article{Connell_2008, doi = {10.1177/0733464808326951}, url = {}, year = 2008, month = {oct}, publisher = {{SAGE} Publications}, volume = {28}, number = {2}, pages = {171--194}, author = {C. M Connell and M. R. Janevic}, title = {Effects of a Telephone-Based Exercise Intervention for Dementia Caregiving Wives: A Randomized Controlled Trial}, journal = {Journal of Applied Gerontology} }


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Countries of Study


Types of Study

Randomised Controlled Trial

Type of Outcomes

Carers’ Mental Health, Carers’ Physical Health

Type of Interventions

Intervention for Carers, Non-pharmacological Treatment

Carer Focussed Interventions

Wellbeing interventions (e.g. massage, physical health checks, relaxation techniques, self-care advice)