Aberdeenshrie care homes across Aberdeenshire are to run Qigong exercise classes after it was found to improve social interaction and quality of movement.
Pronounced ‘chee-kung’, the exercises are a series of simple and gentle movements based on Chinese philosphy and thinking about the body and the mind.
Since 2012, 41 Aberdeenshire Council employees have been trained to run classes for service users in care homes, very sheltered housing and day centres. So far approximately 300 care home residents and service users have attended the classes.
Funding has now been secured from Aberdeenshire Change Fund to train a further 26 people in order to widen the availability of the classes.
Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Social Work and Housing Committee, Councillor Karen Clark said: “For those with dementia it is not easy to access an enjoyable way to exercise steadily for up to one hour. However Qigong is well received by men and women with dementia, and that it is a relaxed and enjoyable group activity.”
The additional funding will also deliver training to more staff and ensure availability of classes across care homes, very sheltered housing and day services.