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Jazzercise at Harvey Centre on Essex Dementia Day

Communities / Tue 24th Jan 2017 at 11:12am

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HARLOW Council’s Jazzercise session proved popular on Essex Dementia Day (Friday 20 January 2017) with around 30 older people taking part.

The special free class was organised in the Harvey Centre, which supported the event, and was run by Harlow’s qualified Jazzercise Instructor Sheryl Wheatland.

It was a lively session in which Sheryl put participants – which included the Chair of Harlow Council, Councillor Edna Stevens – through their paces with a range of dance moves and aerobic exercises, all of which could be done from a seated position.

Essex Dementia Day celebrates people who do something different to help those living with dementia, however large or small, and champions the things that people are doing to try and prevent or stave off the onset of dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation, regular physical exercise can reduce the risk of developing dementia by up to 50 percent. Exercise can also slow further deterioration in those who have already started to develop the illness.

Councillor Emma Toal, Portfolio Holder for Youth & Community, said.

“The Council works in partnership with other organisations to do what it can to raise awareness of both dementia and what can be done to reduce the risk of people developing this illness. There are approximately 980 people in and around the town currently living with dementia and evidence suggests that’s set to rise by nearly 30% in the next ten years. For that reason we need to support and encourage any measures that reduce the likelihood of this illness.”

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