A brand new chair-based gymnastics train programme has important advantages for folks with dementia, says a report.
Greater than 150 folks have taken half within the Like to Transfer scheme run by the British Gymnastics Basis (BGF).
And analysis by Age UK discovered the scheme to have “demonstrable advantages within the bodily, emotional and cognitive facets of older folks”.
The organisers now goal to coach extra folks to ship the programme and make it extra extensively accessible.
“This age and dementia-friendly programme is astonishing folks with its life-changing advantages,” mentioned BGF supervisor Patrick Bonner.
“So many individuals concerned are seeing their lives enhancing consequently and it’s unthinkable that individuals are regaining capabilities which have been regarded as misplaced due to taking part within the Like to Transfer lessons.”
I believed the programme would, at greatest, simply be capable to decelerate the speed of dementia progressing, however I’m discovering some contributors seem like regaining capabilities which have been regarded as misplaced
In South Korea and Japan, outcomes have been so constructive the programme has been fully state-funded and runs in each care house throughout the 2 nations.
From Tokyo to Cambridgeshire…
Train in any kind can have a mess of well being advantages for these with psychological and bodily sicknesses. Dementia isn’t any exception.
When the BGF found a chair-based train programme was working wonders all through care houses in Japan and South Korea, it was decided to deliver it to the UK.
Primarily based on outcomes printed in 2016 from the unique Japanese programme, it was clear to the BGF that these easy workouts – based mostly round cognitive stimulation, reminiscence arousal and music – may have a huge effect on the lives of dementia victims.
By taking the core rules of the Japanese scheme and adapting them to go well with British tradition, the BGF developed the Love to Move programme in a pilot scheme.
Can you tap your head and rub your stomach at the same time? Even if you can, it takes a lot of concentration.
By practising it, you are increasing your ability for the right and left sides of your brain to process information independently of each other.
The Love to Move programme is based on the concept of bilaterally asymmetrical movement (performing different movements with the right and left sides of the body at the same time).
By increasing the capacity to perform bilateral movement, the brain increases the number of connections it makes between its neurons, resulting in an increase in cognitive ability.
For people with dementia, the Love to Move programme has been proven to increase their capacity to process everyday tasks such as feed themselves, do crafts and play bingo, as well as socialising with friends and family.
Try it for yourself
Do you know a family member, a friend, a co-worker, who has dementia? Chances are you do.
Whether they’ve just been diagnosed, or have had the illness for a number of years, those close to them would give anything to see an improvement in their health.
The BGF understands this and is keen to share its exercises with the public in the hope they can provide those affected, both now and in the future, with a practical and gentle way to improve their health.
The BGF has created a downloadable booklet containing some of the key exercises for people to try with top tips from head coach Kim Hall.
The guide aims to give an insight into the structure and history of the programme, as well as showing some of the key co-ordination exercises.
Over a period of two years in the Cambridgeshire region, the Love to Move programme has delivered sessions focusing on improving co-ordination, posture, movement and core strength.
In conjunction with the pilot scheme, staff from one care home were asked to complete feedback forms for a sample of residents who took part in the exercise classes.
Key results from pilot scheme feedback:
- 71% of participants are reported to have had noticeable physical improvements
- 86% of participants are reported to be socialising with other residents and staff better
- 93% of participants of participants are reported to be happier and more settled
- 100% of participants are reported as easier to connect with
Results from the pilot scheme indicate exercises such as hand rotations, finger and thumb tapping, drawing shapes in the air and nose and ear grabbing, are effective ways to enhance co-ordination, whereas exercises focusing on balance and core have better equipped participants to sit, unaided, in their chairs.
Those with more severe cognitive decline were seen to develop a more positive emotional state.
By joining the classes, it was visible to the care home staff that participants were visibly enjoying themselves, appeared more relaxed and even remembered the class and looked forward to the next one.
Social interaction is often difficult for those with dementia, especially for those who would not normally have the opportunity to mix with other residents in the same home.
The pilot scheme gave these residents the opportunity to build bonds with one another, provide encouragement to their fellow Love to Movers, and socialise after the session.
As with any pilot scheme, the aim is to learn, adjust and expand; and this is what the BGF hopes for.
The findings from Age UK reveal sessions need to take place in a social, fun environment, be lead by confident, patient staff and include time for refreshment afterwards.
The BGF aims to replicate Japan’s success and offer the Love to Move programme to all care homes up and down the country.
They say a large amount of staff training is required, in addition to a nationwide awareness campaign and a group of trained coaches to deliver the sessions.