Physical exercise significantly lifts one's spirits and fosters a feeling of wellbeing. Everyone, no matter their age should do it if they can.
Michael is 86 years old and lives with dementia. Through the work of ADRE (Academy for Dementia Research) Michael has joined a group for people living with dementia in Northamptonshire.
As an avid walker, Michael has always been active. He likes to walk every day, usually covering at least a couple of miles. To help Michael continue his walks, ADRE offer a coordinator from their team to accompany him. With this support, Michael's wife gets some much-needed time to herself and Michael has a walking companion.
ADRE's coordinator also organises activities when possible. The group play boules and Swingball. For Michael, this is a valuable opportunity to socialise and interact with others. Michael's wife says that after the sessions he "glows with delight!"
Despite the barriers, he's experiencing and with the help of ADRE, Michael is doing an amazing job of staying active.
ADRE support residents who are clinically vulnerable across Northamptonshire. As an organisation, they haven't been able to meet as a group during the pandemic. But when possible, they have continued to offer activities that are safe for their members and don't involve close physical contact.
In the early stages of the March 2020 lockdown, ADRE tried exercise sessions on Zoom and while they found it fun, it wasn't the same as meeting in person. Additionally, not everyone has access to the necessary technology.
Through 'Tackling Inequalities Funding' which is managed by Northamptonshire Sport, ADRE has purchased mini pedal exercise machines and Swingball sets. The equipment has helped members to stay active at home. As in Michael's case, for some of the more agile members, walks are offered too.
For more information about ADRE, click here and ask to speak with Alison Stewart, Northampton Coordinator.