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Database: UK15

Created On Wednesday, 08 January 2014 17:42 By José Jesús Delgado


ID Code (e. g. HU1):
UK15
1 – MIND/MENTAL FITNESS/MENTAL WELLBEING/MEMORY/COGNITIVE TRAINING PROGRAM / SERVICE /
ACTIVITIY NAME (IN NATIONAL LANGUAGE):
Fit4LIfeOver50
ENGLISH TRANSLATION: N/A
URL
http://www.fit4lifeover50.co.uk/
LANGUAGE English
AUTHOR
Tina Lloyd

2 - CONTACT DATA AND TYPE OF ORGANIZATION
ORGANIZATION (NAME):
Fit4LIfeOver50
ORGANIZATION (URL):
http://www.fit4lifeover50.co.uk/
COUNTRY:
UK
TYPE (SME, Company, Community Centre, Health Centre, Educational Centre, Foundation,
Municipality, governmental institution, etc):
Company
ADDRESS:
N/A
TELEPHONE: N/A
E-MAIL: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  Private  
  In this case, please indicate the territorial
scope of the organization:
Regional

3 - TARGET POPULATION
Age range:
From: 50 to 90 years N/A
Older than: 50 years  
Gender: Unisex
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:
N/A

4 - CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MIND FITNESS PROGRAM / SERVICE / ACTIVITY (NB: Should the program, service or activity be included into more than one category, please select the most representative category for that PSA. But, REMEMBER: THE PSA MUST BE SELECTED ONLY IN CASE THAT MENTAL FITNESS / MENTAL WELLBEING IS INCLUDED IN ITS GENERAL AIMS OR GOALS. IF NOT, YOU SHOULD NOT SELECT IT. The characteristics below are the means, not the goal)
Promoting a healthy lifestyle, Providing opportunities for physical activity and exercise, Strengthening positive relationships
Other: N/A
COST FOR PARTICIPATION, FEES (in Euros):50 N/A N/A
(EXPECTED) DURATION OF THE Programme/Service/Activity: N/A
Begin (Month/Year, e. g. 02/2012):N/A
End (Month/Year, e. g. 02/2012):N/A or Number of weeks:10
Number of units:4
Hours per unit:1

5 - PROGRAM / SERVICE / ACTIVITY PURPOSES
FIT4LIFEOVER50 was founded by director Tina Lloyd and is an award-winning provider of Motivation and Exercise courses for older people.

They offer a range of courses from Gentle Exercise/ Falls Prevention and Tai Chi to Belly Dance and Bollywood in the Wolverhampton area.

They run a range of classes for individuals as well as a corporate training centre for professionals in the Health and Social Care Sector, provide award-winning training for NHS and local Housing Associations and councils.

They work with organisations such as Age UK, Osteoporosis Society, Sunrise Homes and the Stroke Association.

6 - RESOURCES
a.- Which materials were used?
Use of local hall, chairs, mats , basically space
b.- Who conducted the program / service activity? (What role, what qualifications, etc.)
Trainers who are experts in their field and can provide a structured program of activity in a safe and stimulating environment.
All trainers have a minimum REPS 2 qualification as well as enhanced CRB Clearance and Liability Insurance.

7 - METHODOLOGY USED (presentations, pair work, group work, peers, mentors, blended
learning, e-learning, etc.)
Three core programmes delivered are :

1) Movement and Motivation
There are many ways to exercise but this MOVEMENT & MOTIVATION class offers an extra special workshop which focuses on the body and mind. It is popular in older peoples settings such as care homes and housing associations where clients suffer with disability, dementia and other physical and mental health conditions such as arthritis, stroke

A Movement & Motivation class differs from an exercise class as it is a 'specially structured program that incorporates mental and physical activities into ' the beliefs and values related to their past roles, interests and routines'.
The session will last for about an hour and consist of chair-based exercise, mental stimulation/ reminiscence, motivation games and relaxation and music therapy.

The class provides the following benefits to clients:
• Stimulation of long & short term memory improving memory recall
• Improvement with joint flexibility & muscle strength
• Working with eye and hand co-ordination and orientation skills
• Interaction and engagement with a group
• Cognitive Therapy
• Fun and laughter entertainment value
• Contact with an outside team

2) Tai Chi
This popular exercise program has amazing benefits to all abilities. Tai chi is a low-impact, gentle, graceful exercise known as 'moving meditation', which combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow, gentle movements. Originally developed as a martial art in 13th century China, millions of people practice it daily as a health promoting exercise.

Clients take part in a gentle warm up and then learn a short tai chi form, followed my meditation and relaxation. Classes are usually from 1hr to 1hr and a half and can be participated adapted to people with disabilities. Benefits are:
• improved balance, gait and strength
• improved focus,concentration,memory-enhanced sleep
• reduced blood pressure/heart rate
• Improved mobility-Tai Chi is recommended for those that suffer with osteoporosis,arthritis and ms (increased ankle, hip and knee strength)
• Reduced pain and stiffness
• Improved quality of life and well-being!-Tai chi is highly recommended for people experiencing stress, low moods or depression as you will leave with a greater sense of calmness

Tai chi helps people feel more relaxed and improves mental strength so they can cope better with their conditions.

3) Strictly Dancing
Allows clients from 50 to 99yrs old to enjoy learning dance moves either in a chair or standing up!. Many clients comment that they love the music we use as is you feel happy you are motivated to move!

The class is tailored to the clients needs and can include any of the following dance genres:

• Line dance , Zumba, Sequence/ ballroom dance, Salsa, Bollywood/ belly dance

Health benefits are:
• Increased cardiovascular health
• Promotes balance, strength, gait ( falls prevention)
• Increased bone density ( supporting arthritic conditions)
• Increased mobility, flexibility
• Increased cognitive function and reflexes (supports Dementia)
• Promotes well-being and boosts confidence

http://www.fit4lifeover50.co.uk/classes-and-courses/

8 - PROGRAM / SERVICE / ACTIVITY SUMMARY DESCRIPTION
Regular exercise in the elderly has tremendous benefits. Even though you may slow down in old age and have more aches and pains, if you continue to exercise it can help you to:
* live longer
* stay healthier
* live life to the full

These structured, award-winning programmes improve clients' physical and mental health and well-being as well their independence and ability to carry out everyday activities.

Their mission is to improve the health and well-being of older and disabled people so that they can be more independent, live longer and be enthusiastic about their quality of life!

They have developed award winning health and well-being packages that can be adapted to fit with the needs of the individual or care setting.

They accommodate a range of abilities, settings and situations, and can bring the classes to the community itself.

Good example of focused provision, designed to meet specific need and based within the community.

Clearly am emphasis on physical activity, but significant studies has indicated that active body leads to an active mind, enhancing mental fitness. MENTA could do well to incorporate some physical activities into our programme where appropriate.

9 - ADDITIONAL COMMENTS / CONCLUSIONS / RECOMMENDATIONS FOR OUR
MATERIAL/COURSE
N/A

10 - RELATED REFERENCES (BIBLIOGRAPHY AND/OR INTERNET LINKS)

http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

http://www.nice.org.uk/aboutnice/whatwedo/corporatepublications/annualreports/annualreport0809/ActiveMindBody.jsp

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/staying-active-full-story/

http://www.mind.org.uk/campaigns_and_issues/report_and_resources/815_get_outdoors_get_active

http://www.bupa.co.uk/individuals/health-information/directory/b/benefits-of-exercise

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