Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre, in partnership with Bounce Alzheimer's Therapy Foundation  Foundation (BAT) , have provided a new and exciting opportunity for those with a Dementia, their family, friends and carers..   The Halifax Building Society has kindly sponsored the specialist Table Tennis equipment.

The specifically devised table enhances the Table Tennis Therapeutic Experience for those living with dementia. The BAT Therapy Table has been designed to counter the visual deprivations that are experienced in the early stages of the condition; including visual attention deficit, loss of visual processing speed, visual field defects, loss of contrast sensitivity and reduced visuospatial processing.

The BAT table is in regular use at Swiss Cottage, set up continuously throughout our very popular and ever growing Club programme.  Staff at Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre have successfully completed Dementia Table Tennis training which included showing staff how to show to set up the BAT table, information and background on the colours chosen for both the table and ball, plus the benefits of why people with Alzheimer’s  should play table tennis.

More information on the BatFoundation can be found here - http://www.batfoundation.com/