NEW SPORTING REMINISCENCE GROUP
Tuesday Aug 25, 2015
COMING TO ALFRETON
An innovative new group for people with dementia is coming to Derbyshire in September thanks to a partnership between Alzheimer’s Society and Alfreton Town Football Club.
The Sporting Reminiscence group will see attendees discussing past football and other sporting experiences with the help of memorabilia such as football programmes and newspaper cuttings.
The group will meet monthly at The Impact Arena starting on September 10th and will initially focus on football and eventually could also include some physical activities such as Walking Football.
Helen O’Connor, Alzheimer’s Society Services Manager for Derbyshire said: “It’s really exciting to be working with Alfreton Town FC to try something we have never done before. We do reminiscence activities in a number of our local support groups, but focussing just on sport isn’t something we have tried before.
“Reminiscence work uses a person-centred approach – it is a way of tapping the long term memory of those who have short term memory problems. Something as simple as an old Match of the Day theme tune, a 1950’s football programme, a football rattle or an old newspaper match report can bring back vivid memories of a happy time. The activity helps cares and loved ones to engage with people with dementia in a positive way, and has the potential to improve the quality of life for local people living with dementia.”
Research shows that approximately 850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia and more than half have Alzheimer’s disease. In less than ten years more than a million people will be living with dementia, and this could soar to 1.7 million by 2051. It is estimated that 11,000 people in Derbyshire alone are currently diagnosed with dementia, and many of these must be from the local area.
Alzheimer’s Society runs the Derbyshire Dementia Support Service funded by Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire’s Clinical Commissioning Groups, and champions the rights of people with dementia and the millions of people who care for them.
ATFC Community scheme chairman John Glasby said: “This is another example of Alfreton Town Football Club serving it’s local community and providing a solution to a problem.
“There is almost no support for dementia in the Alfreton area and this needs to be rectified. Both our Community Scheme manager, Jimmy Redfern, and our current club captain Dan Bradley will be involved and it is the club’s intention to be recognised as the first Dementia Friendly club in the whole of the UK.
“If this project is successful then other clubs will follow, and the problem of the isolation of dementia sufferers will be addressed.”
Many sufferers will be referred to this programme by their doctor, or by the Alzheimer’s Society itself, but if anyone is interested in attending, please contact the Society on 01332 208845 for more information.
Alzheimer’s Society also provides a National Dementia Helpline, the number is 0300 222 1122 or visit alzheimers.org.uk