New physical activity classes for older people in Meirionnydd
It’s that time of year when people are thinking of brushing off the cobwebs and trying something new, no matter what their age or ability. Gwynedd Council’s DementiaGo team are starting two new physical activity classes for older people who would like to keep active to stimulate their body and brain.
A ‘Movement and Dance’ class will be run at the Dragon Theatre in Barmouth on Tuesdays between 11am and 12:30pm, and in the afternoon there will be a ‘Keep Agile’ class at the Glanwnion Leisure Centre in Dolgellau. The cost of the class is £2 a session.
Emma Quaeck the DementiaGo Project manager for Gwynedd Council said: “We have been running classes in various locations throughout Gwynedd for older people who may be worried about losing their memory, lonely or living with dementia, and they are also run for carers.
“These classes have proven to be very successful so far with people seeing a lot of benefits. We are now keen to expand on this success so that the service is more widely available in the county.”
The classes involve gentle exercises and movements to help improve strength and balance, improve brain function, coordination and stamina to help with everyday activities. More importantly the classes have a compelling social element and are lots of fun. There is a warm welcome to people living with dementia, other health conditions and carers.
One gentleman who attends a class on a weekly basis noted: “It’s much more than just an exercise class, we laugh, enjoy each other’s company, support each other and have a good old chat.”
Councillor Craig ab Iago, Gwynedd Council Cabinet member for leisure matters added: “I’m delighted to see that the DementiaGo programme is extending the provision of physical activity and support to people in Gwynedd.
“Often people become isolated and lonely when diagnosed with a chronic condition, including dementia and struggle to have a focus to leave the house, which will have an even more detrimental effect on their health. Getting out and meeting people in these classes can be a lifesaver helping them to live well in their communities.”
For more information contact Emma Quaeck on 01766 512711 or 07768 988095.
PHOTOGRAPH: Participants enjoying activities at the class in Plas Heli