Qigong (pronounced ‘Chee Kung’) exercise classes are being run in care homes across Aberdeenshire after a study found participation helped to improve social interaction and quality of movement.
Qigong exercises are a series of simple and gentle movements, based on Chinese philosophy and thinking about the body and the mind.
They have been found to be particularly suited for people with dementia, as they do not require participants to memorise sequences or movements and they are easy to follow.
A typical class takes half an hour and are conducted in a calm, informal atmosphere using soothing music.
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: “The additional funding to deliver training for more staff will ensure widespread availability of classes across care homes, very sheltered housing and day services.”