Local care provider Ashridge Home Care will be hosting its first dementia friendly exercise class on December 11.

Physiotherapist Dinta Gould will be running the class from 1:30pm till 2:30pm at St Thomas Church Hall in Beaconsfield.

The class is specifically targeted at those dealing with dementia and their families and carers, and will include a gentle warm up, chair exercises, breathing and relaxation.

The classes have been designed to specifically help people dealing with dementia to exercise in a social environment, encourage carers and family members to confidently help with home exercises and increase individual’s fitness levels and engagement.

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These sessions can help avoid isolation as well as reduce stress and anxiety which are often prevalent at this time of year.

Ms Gould said: “I’ve worked with Ashridge Home Care for three years now and we’ve been looking at ways to introduce more exercises and give people the confidence to move more.

“Exercise is long proven to have such positive effects on individuals dealing with dementia and I’m hoping my structured classes will help people engage and prove a sociable way to maintain fitness.

“Everyone is welcome, please do pop in and say hello, even if you just fancy watching for the first time.

“There’s no pressure to join in.”

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Trudi Scrivener, owner of Ashridge Home Care, added: “We are so excited about these new classes and I’m confident that Dinta’s experience and patience will prove so beneficial to the community of Beaconsfield.

“The classes are open to all; you don’t have to be one of our clients.

“We are simply passionate about bringing care to those who need it and want to provide a fun and sociable, yet professional and structured way to help people dealing with dementia.”