Sona, Hilverzorg, Yalp
Revitalizes body and mind

The Sona is becoming highly popular within the elderly care sector. Not only does it tailor to their physical activity needs, it also stimulates the brain. This case study shows how elderly with (and without) dementia are getting outdoors much more frequently, and really enjoy dancing and moving about together under their Sona. Music, sounds and instructions trigger the passive elderly (passiveness being part of the dementia condition) to become physically revitalized and mentally alert.

Below, supervisor Hanneke Overhage and teamleader Linda Eijlers share their experiences with the Yalp Sona at senior home Hilverzorg, in The Netherlands.

Hanneke Overhage: “Staying active contributes to the wellbeing of vulnerable elderly. Many of the elderly with dementia that live with us, love getting outdoors and exercise underneath the Sona. They have absolutely no reservations towards dancing and moving about, they just really enjoy it..

“The whole family plays together – the Yalp Sona bridges generations and helps the elderly feel a little young again.” Teamleader Linda Eijlers: “Not only the seniors are using the Yalp Sona – visiting children, grand children and other residents enjoy the play set as well. This way the Yalp Sona really helps our residents stay in touch socially.”

Perfectly complements current exercise routines.

Linda continues: “Residents can take a walk in our garden, which is a safe environment. The Yalp Sona has been the perfect complement to our garden, and we all really enjoy it. Today, we entered our yard and started the morning off with dancing and exercising with the Yalp Sona. Afterwards we played a few games on the bowling greens, and some basketball. And how do you think our residents reacted? ‘Can we do this again next time?’ Lovely isn’t it!

“It’s of dire importance that seniors get outdoors and get their fresh air. Sadly this does not happen enough. Although it is often used in groups, Yalp Sona really tailors to the individual by allowing everyone to join in at their own level of ability. This way everyone can get their essential exercise. The Sona is a truly amazing invention.”

“Our garden with the Yalp Sona has been a great enhancement for both residents and families.”
Linda Eijlers - Hilverzorg Senior Home