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New pilot scheme in Newcastle to help dementia patients stay active

New pilot scheme in Newcastle to help dementia patients stay active
22nd May 2015

A new scheme has been launched in Newcastle and Durham to help dementia sufferers stay active through hobbies and exercise.

In order to keep patients occupied and to quash stigma that diagnosed individuals cannot still enjoy hobbies and activities, Games for the Brain has been established. The service, which is being trialled in Newcastle and Spennymoor, has specifically been designed for men and younger people.

Table tennis will be the primary activity in the service, due to research suggesting that the sport is specifically beneficial for people with dementia as it activates certain areas of the brain at the same time, in turn raising cognitive awareness.

According to the Chronicle Live, Hannah Woodworth, a dementia support worker in Newcastle, said: “We understand that people have varying levels of fitness and abilities and therefore the service will be tailored to meet the needs of people at all stages of their dementia journey."

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