Alzheimer’s Society encourages using sport to recall positive memories
- February 10, 2017
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Dementia
An initiative in the UK has given people with Alzheimer’s an opportunity to use soccer to recall positive sporting memories.
It’s widely believed that reminiscing about sport can help people with dementia revisit vivid memories.
At Leyton Orient, in east London, a monthly group gathers in an indoor gallery overlooking the pitch, surrounded by club designed to prompt reminiscence and discussion.
The sessions, organised by the Leyton Orient Trust and the Sporting Memories Network, are open to anyone over the age of 50, and are designed to help combat the effects of dementia, depression and loneliness.
Phillip Smith from the Trust said: ‘It’s been great to bring together so many people from different backgrounds through the power and love of sport. It’s an opportunity for everyone to make new friends and have fun.’
You can read some of the stories of the people in attendance here, as reported by the Alzheimer’s Society.