Strictly fever swings into Age UK wellbeing centre

8th October 2015

Keep dancing! That's the message from Age UK Sheffield's Wellbeing centre which was transformed into the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom for a special event.

The pioneering centre - which is based in Norfolk Heritage Park and helps older people living with memory loss maintain their independence - enjoyed a splash of glitter and glamour as part of a Strictly Come Dancing-themed week. Centre members took to the floor to demonstrate their dance moves and were joined by guests from Lost Chord dementia charity. Natasha Wilson, wellbeing assistant coordinator at the wellbeing centre, said: -We are always looking to organise activities that we think people will enjoy either on an individual or group basis. -Many of the people who come to our centre used to be dancers and went to tea dances and similar events, so they really enjoy dancing and remember a lot of the moves. It's a fantastic thing to do and good exercise, not to mention great entertainment for those watching. -We have one woman who used to do the tango but who hasn't danced for years, and one chap who is the most magnificent ballroom dancer so they were both in their element! We've had customers and staff as judges who have been giving constructive feedback only! It's been great fun and really enjoyable to see. Over 50 people who live with debilitating memory loss visit Age UK Sheffield's Wellbeing Centre, which provides them with a place to enjoy the leisure pursuits of their choice and explore new interests and activities. It also allows them to meet other people going through a similar experience. Age UK Sheffield is an independent, local organisation dedicated to enabling older people to be the architect of their own lives and live life to the full. More than 12,000 people a year benefit from its services. The organisation is dedicated to supporting older people in Sheffield, particularly those who are vulnerable or isolated, to help them retain their independence and get the most out of life. To access Age UK Sheffield services please contact 0114 250 2850, email enquiries@ageuksheffield.org.uk or visit www.ageuk.org.uk/sheffield.

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