For this year’s #AlzheimersAwarenessMonth, we're highlighting dementia-friendly activities in Sheffield.
Dementia doesn’t define you. At Home Instead, we’re strong believers of this and that’s why we work to enable people to live well with dementia. Through the use of activities such as aerobics, dancing, singing and so much more, people who are experiencing memory loss or dementia can remain stimulated, engaged and, most of all, content.
To share more information on this, we’ve decided to note down some of our top picks in Sheffield for dementia-friendly activities.
Singing for the Soul is a weekly group organised by The Parson Cross Community Development Forum.
Taking place on a weekly basis every Wednesday from 10am – 11:30am, this group is a superb way to meet new people and have some fun! It is especially proven to be helpful for people experiencing memory loss or dementia, promoting them to maintain relationships and improve their wellbeing.
The singing group is hosted by Keeley May, a local singer who specialises in care home entertainment in South Yorkshire, who has years of experience with working with people living with dementia.
To get involved, just give the Parson Cross Forum team a call on 0114 3279727 or email [email protected].
Zest are a Sheffield-based community centre that works to help people to improve their health and wellbeing. Amongst all their wide range of community work, they also focus on reaching out to people with Dementia and enabling them to enjoy activities, tailored to their needs.
One particular group that they run is their Dementia Friendly Fitness Class, aimed at promoting mobility and exercise amongst those living with dementia or memory loss. This is so important in aiding people to live well with dementia, broadening their social networks as well as their own physical wellbeing.
To find out more details about the group, you can contact Zest on 0114 270 2040 or email the health team via [email protected].
‘Dance to Health’ is a national falls prevention dance programme, working to enhance the lives of older people through the use of expert training in strength and conditioning – along with lots of other improvements.
The classes run up and down the country and there are two currently available in Sheffield:
This class is run by Lucy Haighton, a Dance Artist at Dance to Health Sheffield
This is run by Charlotte Armitage, another of the Dance Artists at Dance to Health.
Both Charlotte and Lucy have been running classes for Dance to Health for around 5 years and are very experienced Dance Artists. Both classes run weekly with occasional breaks for the holidays.
Classes cost £7 a week or £5 a session when you book a block of 6 classes.
As well as taking part in Dance to Health, members of the group usually perform at Sheffield’s Chance to Dance Festival (although they got rained off this year!)
To find out more about the organisation, just click here.