Dementia, Volume 23, Issue 4, Page 584-609, May 2024. Participating in physical activity is beneficial for older people with dementia. Little is known however about the perceptions of people living with dementia undertaking an online-delivered exercise program. This study aimed to explore the experiences and perceptions of older people with dementia and their carers in Indonesia participating in an online-delivered exercise program, and factors that may influence acceptability to the program. An exploratory qualitative study design using semi-structured interviews was used. Data were recorded, transcribed verbatim, translated into English, and analyzed thematically. Twelve participants with dementia (mean age = 63.3 years) and 30 carers (26 family carers and 4 paid carers) (mean age = 37.9 years) were interviewed separately. Seven themes were identified: (i) Motivating factors to participate; (ii) Benefits for people with dementia; (iii) Impacts on carers; (iv) Challenges and enablers to exercising; (v) Carers’ strategies for exercise engagement; (vi) Roles, relationships and supports; and (vii) Participants’ receptiveness to online delivery of the exercise program. This study illustrated that an online-delivered exercise program was acceptable for people with dementia and their carers in Indonesia and reinforced the importance of carers’ support for the exercise program. These findings can help physiotherapists and other exercise practitioners in considering the aspects of delivery that people with dementia and their carers value in participating in online-delivered exercise programs.

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