Home Meadow care home in Toft near Cambridge is launching ‘Dance for Parkinson’s’ classes in an effort to provide a new form of exercise for people living with the condition.
The home, which is part of the Healthcare Homes Group, supports residents with a range of conditions including Parkinson’s and dementia and will beginning running the new dance sessions later this month.
The fortnightly sessions will begin on Thursday 21st September and will be open to residents and members of the community. They will be led by local Community Dance Practitioner, Paula Hain, who has years of experience in dance for a range of groups and who already runs dance and activity sessions at the home.
More than 12,000 people in the East of England are known to live with Parkinson’s, with over 127,000 affected in the UK, and research has shown that dance can provide real physical, mental and social benefits.*
It is also reported that only 9% of men and 6% of women over 75 get enough exercise**, so Paula and the Home Meadow team are keen to offer an enjoyable way for people to get active.
Paula said, “Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative movement disorder that often results in impaired balance and walking. Dance provides a fun way for people to lessen these effects and reduce the symptoms they’re experiencing.
“During my time at Home Meadow I’ve seen many times the ‘little miracles’ that dance and music can bring to people living with conditions such as dementia and I’m confident that we can offer something really beneficial to people living with the challenges of Parkinson’s.”
Classes will be held every other Thursday from 11am and will be free to attend.