Tennis coach, Judy Murray, is backing an initiative that shows how beneficial tennis can be to help people keep their brains stimulated.
The former Scottish No 1 dropped into the Dementia Café at Alzheimer Scotland’s Brain Health and Dementia Resource Centre in Edinburgh yesterday, in support of a project designed to encourage us to keep our bodies, and brains, healthy and active.
Led by Brain Health Scotland, the project aligns with growing evidence that exercise is just one of many steps we can take throughout life that can help safeguard our brain health, and delay or even prevent the onset of some kinds of dementia .
Undertaking regular physical exercise is one of the most effective ways we can reduce our risk of developing the condition, and it also helps people who are already affected by dementia to continue to live well. Aerobic activity, such as tennis, has obvious physical benefits – but additionally, it can enhance cognitive function by increasing blood flow and oxygen to the brain. Tennis is a strategic game, so by getting involved, we can improve our cerebral abilities – relating to our decision-making processes, problem solving skills, and our power of concentration.
During her visit, Judy Murray very kindly passed on a host of tennis tips and tricks to regulars at the café. These can be practised anywhere, swapping a traditional hard ball for everyday items such as balloons, ribbons, and softer balls to make tennis more accessible.
Brain Health Scotland has been selected as the charity partner for the Brodies Tennis Invitational, which takes place at Edinburgh International Conference Centre from 28-30 September. This will see a stellar line up of tennis legends compete for the title of Brodies Tennis Invitational Champion.
After yesterday’s visit to the Dementia Cafe, Judy Murray said:
“I've seen the many benefits that people of all ages and abilities can experience when they take part in physical activity…”
“This has been the perfect way for me to support Brodies Tennis Invitational and its charity partner, Brain Health Scotland, and help make sure the event makes a positive impact in the community.”
And Sophie Fraser, Brain Health Scotland’s Education Lead says:
“Staying active is great for brain health, as is learning new skills and socialising – these sessions are an ideal way to help people look after their brains.
“After tea and a chat, Judy passed on a host of new skills that are a lot of fun – everyone is looking forward to trying them out again.”
The Edinburgh Dementia Café is held monthly at Alzheimer Scotland’s Brain Health and Dementia Resource Centre and provides an informal and welcoming space for people with dementia and their carers to socialise and unwind.
Café regulars can access key information, find peer support, or simply spend time taking part in fun activities. Trained Alzheimer Scotland staff are on hand to answer any queries you may have and provide information about other local dementia services and support. Contact your local Alzheimer Scotland office to find out when the next café is running near you – but there’s no need to book, just drop in and say hello!