Age & Dementia Friendly Gymnastics Programme - A Qualitative Evaluation
What is it about?
The Age & Dementia Friendly Gymnastics Programme is aimed at improving the emotional, physical and social well-being of older people. It has been developed by the British Gymnastics Foundation and involves activities that require bilateral asymmetric movements, accompanied by memory evoking music and lots of humour and contact through partner activities. This programme was piloted in two care homes and one day centre. This paper examines how the programme was delivered and received, whether it succeeded or not in meeting the aims, and whether the frequency at which it was delivered influenced any of the changes observed.
Why is it important?
Our findings show that older people participating in the programme showed a demonstrable improvement with aspects of their physical, emotional and cognitive ability. Older people with mild to advanced forms of dementia appeared to benefit most. The sessions were enjoyable and a real bond developed between the older people.
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