The Trust’s mental health physiotherapy team in partnership with Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support (BIADS), have been running weekly jabadao sessions in blocks of 10 for local people in Barnsley who have dementia.
Jabadao encourages movement, communication and activity in a person centred way, using music and props. The movement activity has proven to be particularly beneficial for those with dementia, as groups are encouraged to move and engage in a positive environment, bringing their own personality and style of movement to the group and giving them the opportunity to express themselves through movement and verbal communication.
The sessions aim to encourage participants to engage in the activity in an inclusive, non-competitive way, therefore ensuring they experience the therapeutic benefits such as improved mental and physical wellbeing of taking part in such activity.
Special Olympic themed jabadao sessions were also run in August 2012 to give people with dementia and their carers the opportunity to share in the spirit of London 2012. The activities throughout the event represented the different sports that were played at the Olympics and were adapted to suit people’s needs.
Jabadao sessions are run on a weekly basis by the mental health physiotherapy team in partnership with BIADS. If you are interested in attending a session, contact the team on 01226 434066 or BIADS on 01226 280057.