Dementia-friendly sport and physical activity
Around 850,000 people in the UK live with dementia, and ensuring they face no barriers when becoming or remaining active is a challenge. Leisure pursuits, including physical activity, are among the top activities people with dementia want to do, but there are a range of barriers that prevent them from taking part.
By becoming dementia-friendly, leisure centres, gyms, sports clubs and community centres can reap the benefits, which include:
- An improved customer experience
- Increased revenue
- Better staff retention
- Being able to help those with dementia to live happier, healthier lives.
As part of our collaboration with the Richmond Group of Charities, we’ve funded a project by the Alzheimer's Society looking into the barriers faced by people living with dementia as they try to take part in sport and be physically active.
The Dementia-friendly Sport and Physical Activity Guide details how providers can become dementia-friendly, thanks to evidence gathered as part of the project. We’re equipping the sport and physical activity sector with the resources and knowledge they require to unite against dementia.
The project as a whole is part of our £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.
To access the guide, click the link below, from where you’ll be taken to the official Alzheimer’s Society page. You’ll need to complete a short form online to download the document.