The city of Copenhagen has agreed to work with Table Tennis Denmark and will invest around 150,000 euros over the next two years to enable thousands of senior citizens to play table tennis in the Danish capital.
This initiative is also aimed at citizens diagnosed with Parkinson’s and dementia.
“I have been playing table tennis myself for many years and I know that this sport is an ideal sport for our health, especially for the seniors in our city,” said Cecilia Lonning-Skovgaard, Mayor of Copenhagen.
Table tennis is indeed a perfect activity for seniors. It is one of the most comprehensive sports and studies show that table tennis stimulates the cognitive system, develops balance skills, promotes blood circulation and strengthens hand-eye coordination. In addition, according to several studies, table tennis is one of the sports that stimulates the cognitive system the most.
“I am very pleased that our sport and its positive effects are in the political focus,” said Henrik Vendelbo, CEO of Table Tennis Denmark. “We want to get a lot more people to play table tennis because we ourselves love the sport and its many possibilities. We have important experience in this area and in many of our member clubs we have already launched initiatives for seniors over 60 with great success. “
“Our initiative with the city of Copenhagen now makes it possible to perfectly complement table tennis as a sport for seniors with chronic diseases. As a sports association, we now take on clear health and social responsibility. It starts in Copenhagen. We assume that it will be expanded to the rest of the country in the coming years. “
As the world population ages, it becomes invaluable to offer these populations regular, appropriate physical activity and social interaction. WHO research estimates that 1.6 million deaths annually are due to inadequate physical activity and that adults over 65 with limited mobility should exercise 3 or more days a week to improve balance and prevent falls.