Staff from Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust (SHSC) joined with Places for People Leisure for an activity day for people with dementia at the Graves Health and Sports Centre in Sheffield.
The event was held to mark Move More Month and to highlight the positive, beneficial impact of physical activity.
At the event service users and staff took part in Chairobics, skittles and boccia before having a picnic lunch. The afternoon was spent in dancing and singing, with support from Singing for the Brain.
Chris Scott, Day Care and Community Services Manager, said: “We wanted to do something to show our support for Move More Month and we thought that our service users would enjoy a day of gentle activity and fun. There is a wealth of research that shows that activity benefits not only your physical health but your mood and mental wellbeing as well.
“Many of our service users are elderly or physically frail but activity doesn’t have to be challenging or strenuous – there are lots of ways that people with dementia can be supported to be more active. Our service users and staff certainly enjoyed themselves and it was great to see everyone getting involved.”
Jo Strong (Exercise Referral Co-ordinator, Places for People Leisure) and service user