Dementia-friendly sport and physical activity guide

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What is the dementia-friendly sport and physical activity guide?

Our new guide shares good practice and creative ideas from across the sector.

It aims to inform and educate individuals and organisations so they have a better understanding of dementia and how it affects people. It also provides tools and guidance so that the sector can help more people affected by dementia lead more active lives. 

This guide highlights the many ways that organisations can better support people affected by dementia, so that they can participate in their local community. 

This new resource includes ways for individuals and organisations to make their activities more suitable to people who are starting an activity for the first time or after a period of inactivity. It also signposts to relevant organisations and explains where to find more information.

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Dementia-friendly sport and physical activity guide: this free resource is full of tips and advice for any organisation or individual that delivers physical activity

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Being dementia-friendly is friendly for everyone.

We need to make sure all sport and physical activity providers train their employees to be aware of the impact of dementia. They must also adapt their programming, and consider environments and processes, to tackle the challenges that their members and employees face.

The importance of inclusivity

The focus on dementia might seem restricted, given that many disabilities and long-term health conditions can impact on people’s lives. However, the impact of dementia and the barriers that people with dementia face are very broad. Therefore, the learning and progress towards becoming dementia-friendly will simultaneously tackle a number of barriers that are associated with a wide range of disabilities and long-term health conditions.

Since the launch of the dementia-friendly sport and physical activity guide in February 2019, we've been working closely with England Golf to help bring the world of golf together to unite against dementia.

Terry is a golfer. He is also 57 years old and was diagnosed with early onset dementia in 2014. He keeps enjoying his golf with the support of his friends, and in particular his best friend, Dave. They make sure to get out on the course a couple of times a week at St Ives (Hunts) Golf Club in Cambridgeshire, where they are members.

With small adaptations and additional support from his friends and the club Terry can keep playing golf and be an active part of his community.  You can watch the video of why golf is so important to Terry and Dave and why more can be done to help people living with dementia start or continue golfing.

Alzheimer’s Society are working with England Golf and Sport England to ensure more golfers and golf clubs can adapt and support people living with dementia to continue enjoying golf. You can have a look at the online resource to help you adapt and support dementia-friendly golf in your community.

To access additional resources you can also visit the England Golf website

Watch this video of Tracey showing the importance of physical activity and how using the gym has had a huge impact on her life. Now, she’s an inspiration to others.

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