Vote For The Isbourne!
Following a hugely successful pilot scheme, The Isbourne is reaching out to the local community to help them secure a grant from the Aviva Community Fund so they can continue to offer free regular tai chi classes to dementia sufferers and their carers.
It is estimated that there are over 1,650 people over the age of 65 living with dementia in Cheltenham. Although there is a fantastic network of support groups and charities, the town lacks activities that people with dementia and their carers can participate in together. The Isbourne wants to change that by providing free weekly tai chi classes that are easy to remember, support the neural development of the brain and encourage shared activity between people with dementia and their loved ones. Tai chi Movements for Wellbeing (TMW) is a style of tai chi that has specifically been shown to improve cognitive ability and short-term memory as well as combatting stress and anxiety.
The pilot scheme has seen hour-long weekly sessions held at The Isbourne, followed by tea and cake, allowing time for the participants to socialise together. For people with dementia, tai chi is not only valuable as physical exercise but also offers a chance to exercise their short-term memory and learn techniques that will improve their overall confidence. For the carers, it offers ways to manage stress, anxiety and an activity that they can share with their loved ones as equals.
The Isbourne now wants to be able to offer this incredibly valuable service to more people with dementia and their carers in Cheltenham and the surrounding areas. In order for them to achieve this, they need to win a grant from The Aviva Community Fund which is based on votes.
Head to www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting to cast your vote. Voting closes on 20th November.