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Table Tennis and Alzheimer's: Evidence of a brighter future, together!

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To mark last month’s World Alzheimer’s Day, Birchwood Grange Care Home were recipients of a new Table Tennis Table donated by the Bounce Alzheimer’s Therapy (BAT) Foundation to help provide therapeutic assistance to residents with Alzheimer’s. 

At a celebration event, officially opened by the Mayors of Brent and Harrow, residents of Birchwood Grange were given the opportunity to try out the new table under the expert guidance of volunteers from the BAT Foundation.

The Mayor of Harrow and the Mayor of Brent officially ‘cut the ribbon’ in a less than traditional way by playing the first official game of Table Tennis against one another on the new table, before joining forces in a doubles match against BAT Foundation volunteers.

The donation, led by the Bounce Alzheimer’s Therapy (BAT) Foundation and supported by London Sport and Table Tennis England, builds on research commissioned by the BAT Foundation which points to the positive impact of Table Tennis in delaying symptoms in early onset Alzheimer’s and significantly reducing cognitive decline.

Barry Kelly, Strategic Lead – Physical Activity for Health, London Sport said:
"This is a really exciting step in helping to demonstrate the positive role that sport can play in supporting people with Alzheimer’s. London Sport is delighted to be involved and thrilled to be able to build on our existing work with introducing adapted sport opportunities to care homes in London.”

Ian Craigton-Chambers, Creative Director of the BAT Foundation said: 
"With the proactive support of London Sport and Table Tennis England, together with the expertise of King's College London, we have established a successful formula to make a difference in the lives of both those affected by the condition as well as those caring for them."
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