The TACIT Trial

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The TACIT Trial: TAi ChI for people with demenTia

We are a team of researchers led by Dr Samuel Nyman at Bournemouth University and we are interested in improving the health and wellbeing of people with dementia.

The ancient form of gentle exercise known as Tai Chi has been shown to be a great way to improve a person’s health and wellbeing. However, little is known about how it can benefit people with dementia. This study will test the benefits of Tai Chi for people with dementia and their informal carers’ health and wellbeing.

Interested in getting some FREE TAI CHI CLASSES?

We are currently seeking volunteers for our large-scale study that is up and running!

Click here to watch our YouTube video to find out more!

Click here to download a copy of our flyer!

To enquire about taking part, please contact Yolanda Barrado-Martín on telephone: 07801 890258 or Email:
Or call Jay Bentley on telephone: 01202 962771.


We need up to 150 people with dementia together with their informal carer to take part in our study as a pair.
Each pair will take part for 6 months:

• They will first receive a home visit by a member of the team to do some assessments and check they can take part.
• Then, each pair will be randomised to one of two groups:

  • One group will receive Tai Chi for up to 20 weeks
    • They will attend a class once a week and practice Tai Chi at home, with the help of a qualified Tai Chi instructor.
    • Travel costs to attend the classes will be reimbursed.
  • One group will not do Tai Chi during the study
    • They will be asked to continue as usual with their weekly routine.
    • At the end of the six months they will be given £50 to attend their own Tai Chi classes.

• Both groups will receive regular telephone calls from a researcher during the study and return a monthly calendar.

• Both groups will receive another home visit to repeat the assessments done at the beginning, six months later.

Both groups are very important for the study.

Where are the classes?

We plan to hold classes in the following areas. If you live too far from these areas but within Dorset / Southampton / Portsmouth then do get in touch as we may be able to hold a class nearer to you.

We plan to run a class in Ferndown on a Wednesday afternoon at Ferndown Leisure Centre, Cherry Grove, Ferndown, BH22 9EZ.

We plan to run a class in Portsmouth on a Wednesday morning at Fratton Community Centre, Trafalgar Place, Fratton, Hampshire, PO1 5JJ.

We plan to run a class in Eastleigh on a Friday morning at The Hub, Bishopstoke Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 6LA.

Classes closed to recruitment

These classes are now full / completed:

Monday morning at Crosfield Hall, Broadwater Road, Romsey, SO51 8GL.

Thursday morning at Druitt Hall, High Street, Christchurch, BH23 1AB.

Wednesday morning at Moose Hall, Joliffe Road, Oakdale, Poole, BH15 2HB.

Thursday afternoon at Charlton Down Village Hall, Sherren Ave, Charlton Down, Dorchester DT2 9UA.

For more information
Please contact Yolanda Barrado-Martín on telephone: 07801 890258 or Email:
Or call Jay Bentley on telephone: 01202 962771.

Click here to download a copy of our flyer

This project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) (, through a Career Development Fellowship awarded to Dr Samuel Nyman.


Latest news from this project:

Click here to watch our YouTube video!

Click here to watch some short videos of Robert Joyce (Elemental Tai Chi) explaining what Tai Chi is all about.

Click here for the TACIT Trial Facebook page