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Dementia-friendly sport and physical activity guide launched

Posted: Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:34

Dementia-friendly sport and physical activity guide launched

Dementia is one of the greatest challenges facing society today - there are 850,000 people living with the condition in the UK. We know that leisure pursuits including physical activity are among the top activities people with dementia want to do, yet there are a range of barriers that prevent them from participating.

That is why, together with the Alzheimer's Society, Sport England is calling on the sport and physical activity sector to unite against dementia. The first dementia-friendly sport and physical activity guide has now been released to help more people living with dementia benefit from being active.

It has been developed with input from across the sport and physical activity sector and people living with dementia. It is designed to help anyone delivering physical activity to support and empower people living with dementia to lead active lives and remain independent for as long as possible.

It is a practical guide for the sport and physical activity sector to become more dementia friendly. 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.

It 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.

It is packed with inspiring examples from organisations who have made their facilities, workforces and programmes more welcoming of people living with dementia.

Making adaptations to become more dementia-friendly will not only have an impact on those living with dementia, but will also help make sport and physical activity more accessible for all.

Download the guide today to learn how you can support those living with dementia into sport and physical activity.

alzheimers.org.uk/sport

Tags: Alzheimers, Dementia, Dementia-friendly Sport

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