Tuesday 12 February 2019
Sport England and the Alzheimer’s Society have collaborated to produce a guide to support the sector to get people with Alzheimer’s and dementia more active.
This guide is being used to equip the physical activity and sport sector with the resources and knowledge they require to unite against dementia.
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.
Approximately 850,000 people in the UK live with dementia and they face countless barriers when becoming or remaining active, preventing them from reaping the benefits that being active brings.
By becoming dementia-friendly, leisure centres, gyms, sports clubs and community centres can enjoy the benefits of improved customer experiences, increased revenue, better staff retention and help those with dementia to live happier, healthier lives.
The project as a whole is part of Sport England’s £1.3 million investment of National Lottery money into the Richmond Group of Charities, who work with those with long-term health conditions, to help them get active.