England Golf launches Dementia Friendly campaign ahead of World Alzheimer’s Day

England Golf is proud to launch a new set of resources to help make the game Dementia Friendly.

Ahead of World Alzheimer’s Day, clubs and individuals can now access information on how best to make sure anyone with dementia continues to play the game he or she loves.

In February 2019, the Alzheimer’s Society published their Dementia Friendly Sport and Leisure Guide with England Golf fully committed to making the game more accessible to those affected by the condition.

England Golf has worked with the Alzheimer’s Society to produce specific guidance for the following individuals or groups:

  • Golfers who are living with dementia – a guide to help them continue playing
  • Golf facilities – how to help clubs and courses become more dementia friendly and support golfers with dementia to continue to play or return to the game
  • PGA Professionals – provide key information about dementia and what to consider when supporting golfers living with dementia through coaching
  • Dementia support groups – how to engage with local golf facilities to offer the sport to those they support

England Golf is also committed to help support the Alzheimer’s Society achieve its target of 4 million Dementia Friends by 2020.

Jamie Blair, England Golf’s Inclusion and Wellbeing Manager commented, “We are very proud to launch these as part of World Alzheimer’s Day. The input of the Alzheimer’s Society has been really valued in ensuring we can present information to golfers, clubs and golf professionals in a way that they can pick up and use to make positive change.

“It is great to hear that there are now 3 million dementia friends in the UK and we hope that golf can provide a big contribution to hitting the 4 million target”

As work took place piecing together the resource pack,  the story of Terry and Dave and their friends at St Ives Golf Club, Cambridgeshire came to light. Terry was diagnosed with early on set dementia and with the help of Dave and other friends, Terry continues to play golf regularly with minor adaptations.

The video of Terry and Dave’s story and the resources are available on www.englandgolf.org/dementia