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"Here everyone is the same" - a qualitative evaluation of participating in a Boccia (indoor bowling) group: innovative practice

Ovenden, Imogen; Dening, Tom; Beer, Charlotte

Authors

Imogen Ovenden

TOM DENING Tom.Dening@nottingham.ac.uk
Clinical Professor in Dementia Research

Charlotte Beer



Abstract

This qualitative study explored the impact of a Boccia (modified indoor bowls) group on the lives of people with dementia and their carers. Semi-structured interviews with people with dementia (N=6), carers (N=10) and the group organisers (N=6) analysed using thematic analysis revealed four main themes. ‘The struggle of being a carer’ was relieved by participating in the group and benefiting from the caring support and social aspects of “This group is a family”. “The unique nature of Boccia” helped it to provide physical and mental stimulation as well as being an inclusive and enjoyable group. These aspects contributed to many participants describing the group as a Dementia friendly environment where “Here everyone is the same:” treated as equals, without feeling hindered or defined by dementia. Boccia appears an exciting initiative but further research is needed to see if these findings can be replicated with other groups.

Citation

Ovenden, I., Dening, T., & Beer, C. (in press). "Here everyone is the same" - a qualitative evaluation of participating in a Boccia (indoor bowling) group: innovative practice. Dementia, https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301216675988

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 27, 2016
Online Publication Date Oct 21, 2016
Deposit Date Oct 4, 2016
Publicly Available Date Oct 21, 2016
Journal Dementia
Print ISSN 1471-3012
Electronic ISSN 1741-2684
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301216675988
Keywords Boccia, Dementia, Dementia Friendly, Exercise, People with Dementia
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/37333
Publisher URL http://dem.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/10/21/1471301216675988
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf

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