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“We Just Don’t Know Where They Are”: The Geographical Distribution of Exercise Classes for Older People, Including Those Living with Dementia in the East Midlands

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Centre for Rehabilitation and Ageing Research, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK
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Nottingham University Business School, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG8 1BB, UK
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Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK
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Nottingham City Care Partnership, Nottingham NG6 8WR, UK
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20(3), 2142; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20032142
Received: 6 December 2022 / Revised: 16 January 2023 / Accepted: 20 January 2023 / Published: 24 January 2023
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Physical Activity and Rehabilitation)

Abstract

Older people living with dementia are advised to exercise to remain independent. Although several exercise classes for older people take place across the UK, there is limited information about the geographical distribution of these classes. This study identified the location and explored the population characteristics of the classes in a UK region, to aid improved access to exercise. Using a geographical information system, data were collected on population characteristics, including size and age, socio-economic status, and rurality of the exercise classes in one area of the UK (East Midlands, population 5 million). The relationship between data sets was explored and a visual representation of these patterns was provided. A systematic internet search identified 520 exercise classes, evenly spread across the region and areas of socio-economic deprivation: 471 (90%) were in urban areas; 428 (80%) were in areas where less than 20% of the population was over 65 years of age; and 13 (2%) stated that they were suitable for people with dementia. People living with dementia are less likely than older people without dementia to have access to exercise classes.
Keywords: exercise classes; dementia; older people; GIS; distribution exercise classes; dementia; older people; GIS; distribution

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Long, A.; Timmons, S.; Di Lorito, C.; Booth, V.; Logan, P. “We Just Don’t Know Where They Are”: The Geographical Distribution of Exercise Classes for Older People, Including Those Living with Dementia in the East Midlands. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20, 2142. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20032142

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Long A, Timmons S, Di Lorito C, Booth V, Logan P. “We Just Don’t Know Where They Are”: The Geographical Distribution of Exercise Classes for Older People, Including Those Living with Dementia in the East Midlands. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2023; 20(3):2142. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20032142

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Long, Annabelle, Stephen Timmons, Claudio Di Lorito, Vicky Booth, and Pip Logan. 2023. "“We Just Don’t Know Where They Are”: The Geographical Distribution of Exercise Classes for Older People, Including Those Living with Dementia in the East Midlands" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 20, no. 3: 2142. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20032142

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