Dementia-friendly golf sessions launch at The South Buckinghamshire Golf Club

People affected by dementia are being offered free golf taster sessions at The South Buckinghamshire Golf Club this Dementia Action Week.

Keeping active is incredibly important for everyone's health and wellbeing and a dementia diagnosis should not mean that anyone is excluded from participating in sports and activities that they enjoy.

However, people living with dementia can find it challenging to take part in sports and activities, whether this is due to memory problems and confusion, difficulties with mobility and navigation or because they are worried about what to expect and other people's reactions.

That's why South Bucks District Council is funding free golf taster sessions and a discounted golf programme for people living with dementia and their carers.

Simon Green, Operations Manager of the South Buckinghamshire Golf Course, said: "We're really excited to be offering dementia-friendly golf sessions at the South Buckinghamshire Golf Club. Golf is hugely beneficial to people's health and wellbeing and we want to ensure that a dementia diagnosis does not prevent someone from playing golf. We've been working with Bucks Alzheimer's Society to ensure all our staff are fully trained to be dementia-friendly and we are ready to support customers who are living with dementia. We've adapted our activities for people with dementia and ensured the physical environment is suitable. We look forward to welcoming our first players during Dementia Action Week."

Cllr Patrick Hogan, portfolio holder for Healthy Communities at South Bucks District Council, said: "Dementia is one of the biggest challenges our society faces today, with over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. We all have a part to play to make our community dementia friendly, and at South Bucks District Council we offer all staff and Members training so that we can support people living with dementia. Funding golf taster sessions and a discounted programme for people with dementia and their carers at the South Buckinghamshire Golf Club is one of the ways in which we can ensure that our community is inclusive of people living with dementia."

Jamie Blair, Inclusion and Wellbeing Manager at England Golf, said: "It is fantastic to see South Bucks Golf Club start these sessions, working in partnership with their local Alzheimer's Society to ensure that golf can be part of active life and a real life long sport for people diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

"England Golf are proud to see South Bucks join more clubs in becoming a stronger part of their community and improving what they do to make golf a game for all."

Over 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK and there is evidence to suggest that keeping active can reduce the risk and even slow the progression of dementia.

The word dementia describes a group of symptoms that may include memory loss, difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language, and changes in mood, perception and behaviour.

There are more than 100 known types of dementia; the most common are Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia.

At Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils, we are working with Alzheimer's Research UK and Dementia Friends to make a difference to the lives of people who have dementia, during this year's Dementia Action Week and beyond.

To book a free dementia-friendly golf taster session please email Nicole.palmer@alzheimers.org.uk

For general golf enquiries please contact Simon Green at The South Buckinghamshire Golf Club: 01753 643332 (Option 1).

https://www.southbucks.gov.uk/Dementia