Table tennis sessions to help people with dementia get active in County Durham

PEOPLE with dementia in County Durham, are being urged to get up and get active in a bid to ward off their symptoms, reports Catherine Priestley.

Free sessions are being held at Spennymoor Leisure Centre so people living with dementia can continue with activities they enjoy or to take up new hobbies and to give carers a chance to socialise with people in a similar situation.

Club chairman Matt Porter said:  
“Were really pleased to be working with Alzheimer’s Society on this pilot, there’s a lot of research going into the benefits of table tennis in relation to Alzheimer’s and we’re pleased to be able to offer local people with the condition the opportunity to get involved.”

The project is focused on supporting men and younger people living with dementia in County Durham.

Claire White, a dementia support worker at Alzheimer’s Society, said:
“More than 6,800 people in County Durham have dementia and, with these figure set to rise, the Alzheimer’s Society is exploring new ways to help people who are living with the condition.

“Games for the Brain will be a really enjoyable project in lots of ways enhancing the health and wellbeing of people living with dementia.”

Free sessions at Spennymoor Leisure Centre are held on Tuesdays, from 2pm to 3.30pm, until June 23.

Article originally published in The Northern Echo

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  • 1 June 2015