There will be 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK by 2015 – at a cost of £26 billion per year. People with dementia over 65 years of age are currently using up to one quarter of hospital beds at any one time. They stay far longer (approximately 20%) in hospital than others who go in for the same procedure – and are three times as likely to fall whilst in hospital. So it pays for all of us to keep people living with dementia healthy and independent for as long as possible.
Regular exercise is increasingly evidenced as a means of both delaying or preventing the onset of dementia and managing the day-to-day symptoms. One recent trial showed that doing regular exercise helped people with Alzheimer’s disease to better manage behaviours associated with the condition, such as anxiety or irritability whilst another suggested exercise may even help to improve brain function in people with vascular cognitive impairment. This is in addition to other recognised benefits such as reducing the risk of falls by improving strength and balance, dexterity and mobility.
Oomph! is an award-winning social enterprise and the UK’s largest provider of exercise therapy for older adults. Our innovative and inclusive exercise classes are specifically tailored for people living with dementia. We provide training and supporting the care staff to use our unique, proven methodology in a highly personalised and cost-effective way. Oomph! classes are different from other exercise providers in that we use singing, popular upbeat music, colourful sensory props and themed story-telling and reminiscence-led choreography – to stimulate mind, body and soul. This means participants have a great experience in the classes – and want to come back day after day, week after week to ensure they experience the long-term benefits. Visit www.oomph-wellness.org to find out more.