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Health Series: Dementia & Exercise

This seminar is designed for any individual who delivers or facilitates Sport & Physical Activity. It aims to develop, or update, knowledge and understanding of dementia and physical activity, enabling them to work safely and effectively alongside individuals living with this condition.

Norwich Family Golf Centre, Dunham Road, Easton, Norfolk, NR9 5GA

Health Series: Dementia & Exercise

The awareness of dementia is increasing and so is the importance of remaining physically active. Research strongly supports regular physical activity and exercise for individuals diagnosed with dementia from gentle activities to those able to develop cardiovascular and functional health. This seminar looks at the aetiology and prevalence of the two common forms of dementia: Alzheimer's and Vascular Dementia, the stages it progresses through and the exercise considerations for each stage. Every person diagnosed with dementia will be different, so we discuss appropriate forms of exercise as a guide. We also discuss the psychological barriers to physical activity and exercise and the importance of motivation, positive body language and communication.

By the end of the seminar, you should feel confident and competent to plan and adapt existing exercise sessions for individuals with dementia, promoting greater inclusivity.

This seminar will be delivered over 3 hours. There is no formal assessment for this seminar, but a quiz will be handed out to identify learning progress.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the aetiology of dementia
  • Understand the recent prevalence statistics of dementia in the UK
  • Identify the different stages of dementia and the exercise considerations for each stage
  • Identify the benefits of physical activity and exercise in the management of the condition
  • Identify and discuss barriers to physical activity
  • Discuss the importance of creating a supportive and motivational environment
  • Identify an exercise prescription framework and adaptations for a sports environment
  • Recognise and apply health and safety considerations