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Club introduces golf lessons for dementia | Gulf business

Bromley Golf Center in London teaches dementia friendly golf sessions to support local people living with dementia and their carers.

In fact, to mark Dementia Action Week (13-19 May) – the Alzheimer’s Society’s annual campaign to bring people together to take action on dementia – the golf club’s operator, the Mytime Active charitable trust, is also hosting a dementia conference. indoor street party with afternoon tea and entertainment.

The dementia friendly pay as you go golf sessions they are led by Bromley Golf Center coach Tristan, who is coached as a Dementia Friend. The one-hour practice sessions take place on the driving range and are ideal for keen golfers now living with dementia as well as people who are completely new to golf. The sessions are followed by a clubhouse social.

Mytime Active manager and trained dementia champion Ann Wilbourn explains: “We create a dementia friendly community through a range of activities. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, by 2025 more than one million people in the UK will be diagnosed with dementia. It is our responsibility to make sure our community is aware and understanding of this condition and to help those diagnosed get more out of life by being active.

“Golf is a safe, gentle activity, and with Tristan’s guidance, participants get a golfing experience without having to worry about losing their way on the course or messing up.

“Research has shown that golf is an activity that creates muscle memory, so even if the person doesn’t remember how to walk a golf course, they will remember how to play. It’s an outdoor activity that’s great for mental wellbeing and carers can join for free.

“Just increasing everyone’s understanding of the condition can mean the difference between someone being able to continue being active or having to give it up. Understanding dementia creates empathy and better communication – many people just need a little extra support to continue activities. If someone with dementia or their carers would like to visit us, always get in touch; we will recommend the best activity to suit your needs.”

As well as golf and coffee sessions for people with dementia, Mytime Active offers dementia 10-pin bowling and dementia leisure swimming at Darrick Wood Pool, Orpington. The trust also works in partnership with Memory Box Dementia Café in West Wickham to provide fully funded exercise sessions at Emmanuel Church in West Wickham on alternate weeks, specifically for people living with dementia. It runs dementia sessions in all its centers every week, from line dancing and parachisis to strength and stability and wobble classes to improve balance.