We are delighted to announce that we have made our seated activity programme, Love to Move, designed to get older people moving and functioning better, available online.
You can now take part in the very first full session alongside our Lead Deliverer Kim Hall, in the comfort of your own home. The programme is chair-based and helps to improve memory, balance, flexibility and co-ordination. It’s perfect for older relatives or loved ones that may be self-isolating at home during this difficult time.
Patrick Bonner, Head of the British Gymnastics Foundation, said: “We have seen the positive impact Love to Move can have on the physical and cognitive aspects of older people in the last few years and we want to get the programme out to as many of those self-isolating as possible in order for them to feel the benefits and keep moving.
“We have released the video of Kim Hall, our lead deliverer so people can take part in sessions from their own home.”
The programme integrates the use of gymnastic foundation skills, cognitive stimulation therapy and social interaction activities. The majority of the programme is based on bilaterally asymmetrical movement patterns, essentially working the left and right sides of the brain separately, which benefits older people and those living with dementia and mild cognitive impairment.
You can read more about Love to Move on our dedicated webpage, where you can also find a downloadable booklet that includes some of the exercises that make the programme so unique.
We would love for you to share your stories of Love to Move with us. If you would like to do so, please email [email protected].