UNDERSTANDING PICKLEBALL AS A NEW LEISURE PURSUIT IN OLDER ADULTS

J. Ryu, H. Yang, A.C. Kim, K. Kim, J. Heo
2017 Innovation in aging  
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more » ... accomplished with adequate resources. Noting the small sample size, we observed significant results on multiple outcome measures. Quality of life (QoL) of persons with dementia (PwD) and family caregivers is a fundamental and usual treatment outcome. To learn about the difference in the perception of the PwD's QoL as perceived by both the person and caregiver, a cross-sectional study was conducted in subjects with mild and moderate dementia and their caregivers, who assisted a daycare center for dementia in Santiago, Chile, from September 2013 to August 2014. Data were collected using QoL-AD to assess the perception of the person with dementia and using Caregiver-QoL to evaluate the caregiver's perception of QoL of care recipient. Total sample consisted of 73 PwD and 73 family caregivers. Analysis involved t-student (ordinal) and Wilcoxon (categorical) test, considering p<0,05 and 95% CI. 63% (43) of PwD were women, mean age 76,8 ± 8,46. Dementia severity was 61,6% mild, 30,1% moderate and 8,2% moderate-severe. For caregivers, mean age was 54 ± 13,42, 84,9% (62) were woman. 47,9 % (35) of caregivers were sons/daughters of care recipient, while 28,8%(21) were spouses. Caregiver's perception of care recipient's QoL scores were lower than those reported by the PwD (Caregiver-QoL=26.2 ± 5.69 PwD-QoL=28.8 ± 6.29, dif=2.59; IC=1.4-3.7), particularly on energy level (p=0,007), memory (p=0,035), relationship with friends (p=0,009), daily life activities capability (p=0,004), and situation with finance (p=0,005). Care recipients perceived a better QoL than their family caregivers. This study shows the discrepancy of perceptions of quality of life between care recipients and caregivers and highlights the caregivers need to learn about the factors that relate to QoL in care recipients. UNDERSTANDING PICKLEBALL AS A NEW LEISURE PURSUIT IN OLDER ADULTS Pickleball has recently emerged as the fastest growing sport in the U.S . Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis, and played on a badminton-sized court with a perforated plastic ball.
doi:10.1093/geroni/igx004.4248 fatcat:snr5gz3vnrhbfdies7gkjxh244