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Dementia Group enjoy chair based fitness session

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On Friday our dementia group were treated to a fitness and wellbeing session, aiming to engage participants minds and become more active in day to day activities.

Led by activities lifestyle officer for Active for Today, Jo Sage, the session was designed to help participants complete simple day to day task more easily. “Seated activities are great for helping to keep the body moving – a healthy body creates a healthy mind.

“The activities we’ve been doing just give our participants something to think about, the group really took it all on board and engaged with that we were trying to do”

John Reddish, Co-Production Development Worker – Nottinghamshire County Council, said “It’s been proven that exercise is something which is beneficial to those living with Dementia, everybody has enjoyed it and broke a little bit of a sweat which many perhaps haven’t done for a while now.

“It’s amazing what a little bit of exercise does from someone that knowledgeable, you could see today how much the guys were enjoying in – especially taking that into the Botcha games”

Mark Hemingray, Football in the Community’s Head of Community, said “Our Dementia group has progressed over the last three months and it’s long been our plan to introduce some light fitness and movements which our group can do from the comfort of their chairs.

“The group is very inclusive and we’re delighted with the results of today’s chair fitness sessions, as it helps to relax participants, engage them in conversations and most importantly, put a smile on their face”

Football in the Community’s weekly Dementia Group is held every Friday, 10am to 12noon, at the One Call Stadium and is FREE to attendees. Designed for people living with, or someone caring for someone living with, Dementia – the group focuses on a unity through football and sport – further details can be found here http://mansfieldtownfitc.net/dementia-group/ with anyone wishing to attend welcome to come along to the next session on Friday.

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