Warwickshire residents are being encouraged to keep themselves fit and active in order to help them ‘live well with dementia’, during National Dementia Awareness Week – 19 to 25 May 2013.
As part of Warwickshire’s commitment to supporting people to live well with dementia, Coventry and Warwickshire’s Living Well with Dementia partnership have been working with Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sport, physical activity providers and health professionals across Warwickshire to ensure that, from 19th May, people with early to mid-stage dementia diagnosis will be able to benefit from the Warwickshire Exercise on Referral Scheme.
Physical activity and keeping active are an important way to maintain independence and live well with dementia. The Exercise on Referral scheme offers a 12 week personalised programme of physical activity, normally at a leisure centre, at reduced prices. A personalised activity programme will be tailored to the preferences, needs and health condition of the individual and will always be at a level that people can cope with. There are a range of activities that people may be able to participate in, including use of gym based equipment, swimming and tailored walks.
If you or someone you know could benefit from increasing their activity levels, please speak to your GP, Practice Nurse or any healthcare professional about joining the scheme. People with early to mid-stage dementia can come along by themselves or with a carer.
Dr John Linanne, Director of Public Health, Warwickshire said:
“Exercise is a valuable way to enable people with early to mid-stage dementia to maintain their independence and support them to live well with their condition. Being active can particularly help enhance confidence, reduce feelings of isolation and provide opportunities for social interaction.”
Dr Nigel Wood, Warwickshire Dementia Lead said:
“I am delighted that through the Warwickshire Exercise on Referral scheme, health professionals can now refer people with early to mid-stage dementia for a personalised programme of physical activity. Keeping active is a key way to enable people to live well with dementia and promote independence as it provides a range of physical, psychological and social benefits.”
Warwickshire Exercise on Referral scheme is available for people with a range of conditions, including mild to moderate mental health conditions.
The Coventry and Warwickshire Living Well with Dementia portal provides valuable information on dementia. For further details on Exercise on Referral log onto www.warwickshire.gov.uk/livingwellwithdementia