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BSDA is a project partner in hAlt
23.02.2021
Bulgarian sport development association (BSDA) is a project partner in An educational and training program for older adults at risk of developing dementia through table tennis. The duration of the project is 24 months, and it involves 10 partner organizations from six European countries - Bulgaria, Great Britain, Greece, Cyprus, Romania and Turkey.

The game of table tennis is one of the most engaging activities for the brain and even older players can play table tennis recreationally. It is a fast moving, competitive activity which positively affects physical fitness levels, improves sustained attention and enhances the development of visuospatial skills. Due to these characteristics and the accessibility of the sport, it has been proved through research that table tennis can be effectively used as a prevention and rehabilitation program for people suffering or at risk to develop Alzheimer's and dementia since it activates up to five different sections of their brains simultaneously.

The aim of the project is in cooperation with table tennis clubs, sports organizations, universities on sports science and technical partners to create awareness on the benefits of table tennis to the brain and older adults, to engage people with, or at risk to develop Alzheimer's or Dementia to table tennis activities, to offer them specialized training by adequately trained table tennis coaches (certified as "coaches with knowledge and perception of Alzheimer's and dementia") while at the same time monitoring their activity and bio signals through wearables and an associated gamification application for socializing and attracting more peers.

The objectives of the project are:
to attract older people in table tennis sports activities, especially those at risk for Alzheimer's or Dementia;
to improve long term memory and decrease brain deterioration of people with Alzheimer's or Dementia;
to delay the appearance of the disease to those at risk;
to break down barriers and bring people together from 6 European countries with common goals;
to train physical education teachers or table tennis coaches to train individuals with Alzheimer's or Dementia in table tennis;
to increase the spirit of volunteerism among young athletes.

An educational and training program for older adults at risk of developing dementia through table tennis project is co-funded by Erasmus+ programme, Key Action: Sport, Action Type: Collaborative Partnerships of the European Union.