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19 May 2017

Dementia Awareness Week 2017

This week is Dementia Awareness Week. At NCHA we have two projects for people living with dementia. George Hythe House is a registered residential care home for older people, including people with dementia, and Holmfield Day Centre is a purpose-built day centre for people living with dementia. Both are based on the same site in Leicestershire.

Ten staff at Holmfield Day Centre and George Hythe House have had chair based exercise training so that they can do regular exercise sessions with the service users and residents.  The majority of people who attend the Day Centre or live at George Hythe House have dementia and exercise is a really important part of the activities that staff deliver. 

Exercise is beneficial for physical and mental health; recent studies have shown that exercise is good for cognition and may slow down mental decline.

There is programme of activities such as music bingo, quizzes, singing, arts and crafts and trips out – next week 20 people are going to Crich Tramway Museum where there is an old fashioned sweet shop and pub, it’s lovely to reminisce.

At NCHA we aim to support the health and wellbeing of all of our residents and service users, and training staff to deliver chair based exercises is a great way to have fun and improve confidence for all.