Tai Chi was originally developed as a martial art in 13th-century China, yet the technique is now practised as a health-promoting exercise. Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movement. The NHS has already suggested that it can help people over 65 to reduce stress, improve posture, balance and general mobility, and increase muscle strength in the legs.
On Wednesday 19 June, at the Executive Business Centre, Bournemouth University is hosting a public event which will showcase the latest results from a research project exploring the benefits of Tai Chi for people with dementia, among other projects:
1. The benefits of Tai Chi for people with dementia Dr Samuel Nyman, chief investigator for The TACIT Trial – TAi ChI for people with demenTia, will present the results of a three year study that investigated the benefits of Tai Chi for people with dementia and their informal carers living in their own homes in the Dorset, Southampton, and Portsmouth areas.
2. Supporting independent living for people with dementia (Project: AD-Autonomy) As part of a two year European funded project (September 2017- August 2019), Dr Ben Hicks has been working with European partners to establish an online information portal to provide guidance on supporting people to maintain their independence while living with dementia. Dr Hicks will discuss the development of the information portal and provide attendees the opportunity to engage with it.
3. The benefits of creative drama and storytelling for people with dementia (Project: Story to Remember) As part of another two year European funded project (September 2018 - August 2020), Dr Ben Hicks has been working with European partners to explore the use of creative drama and storytelling as mediums for enhancing social inclusion in people with dementia. Dr Hicks will present the findings from the first stage of the project.
After the talks, come and meet some of our researchers to hear more about dementia research at Bournemouth University over a free light lunch.
Schedule (Wednesday 19 June):
10:15 Doors open
10:30 Introduction by Professor Jan Weiner, co-head of the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre
10:35 Public lecture by Dr Samuel Nyman on The TACIT Trial
11:20 Short break
11:30 Public lecture by Dr Ben Hicks on AD-Autonomy and Story to Remember
12:15–13:00 light lunch and an opportunity to meet the researchers
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