Physical activity and exercise – useful organisations
There are many organisations that can provide information and support about physical activity and exercise for people living with dementia.
- Physical activity and exercise
- Benefits of exercise and physical activity
- Getting started with exercise
- Exercise in the early to middle stages of dementia
- Exercise in the later stages of dementia
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Physical activity and exercise
0800 678 1602 (advice line, 8am–7pm)
Wales - Age Cymru
0300 303 44 98 (advice line, 9am–4pm Monday–Friday)
Northern Ireland - Age NI
0808 808 7575 (advice line, 9am–5pm Monday–Friday)
Age UK, Age Cymru and Age NI provide information and advice for older people in the UK.
BAT (Bounce Alzheimer’s Therapy) Foundation
BAT Foundation is a health and wellbeing charity delivering a national table tennis Alzheimer’s therapy programme.
British Gymnastics Foundation
The British Gymnastics Foundation has developed a seated exercise programme called ‘Love to Move’. You can download guidelines on this from its website.
Dementia Friendly Swimming Hub
The Dementia Friendly Swimming Hub was developed by Swim England to enhance the swimming experience of those living with dementia and their carers by improving facilities and removing barriers.
01582 832760 (9.30am–2.30pm Monday–Friday)
Extend provides gentle exercise to music for older people and for anyone of any age with a disability.
Jabadao offers courses and resources to enhance communication and wellbeing in people with dementia and carers, using dance-type movement.
Keep Fit Association (KFA)
KFA offers people the opportunity to meet in a spirit of fun to exercise together. It offers a range of classes, including dedicated classes to people over 50, across the UK.
The UK’s biggest health website, which includes information on different levels and types of activity.
0118 988 5688
Thrive uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people with health conditions including dementia. It runs gardening programmes at regional centres and also in the community.
Walk 4 Life
Walk 4 Life offers information about walking, and details of walks and walking groups in your area.
Walking for Health
Walking for Health is England’s largest network of health walks with over 350 active schemes, helping people to lead a more active lifestyle.
Our information is based on evidence and need, and is regularly updated using quality-controlled processes. It is reviewed by experts in health and social care and people affected by dementia.
Reviewed by: Dr Elizabeth Coulthard, Consultant Senior Lecturer, Institute of Clinical Neurosciences at University of Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust, Professor Tom Dening, Professor of Dementia Research, Institute of Mental Health at University of Nottingham, and Ryan Cooper, Senior Musculoskeletal and Orthopaedic Physiotherapist
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