‘More than a game’ – how golf brings joy to people living with dementia

A new short film has been screened highlighting just how transformative golf can be for people living with dementia.

Former footballers Jim Hague and Fergus Donaldson have developed a deep love of the game in later life after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Helped by the Golf in Society project, Jim (pictured above right) and Ferg (above left) have been able to continue their lifelong passion for sport through golf despite being diagnosed with the degenerative illness.

“More Than A Game” is the incredible short film which captures the way golf can help support individuals and their families facing challenges in life after the onset of the disease.

England Golf understands that golf is a game for everyone and is committed to helping clubs become dementia friendly in their approach to welcoming and supporting some of the 850,000 people in the UK currently living with dementia.

The heart-warming story of the two friends – once united in their play at Harrogate Town FC and now enjoying their golf – has brought home to Golf in Society founder Anthony Blackburn just how important a role the sport can play in people’s lives.

“It’s interesting that most of the people we support have enjoyed sport throughout their lives, however not always golf. What we do is extend people’s enjoyment of life and show them how golf can be their new sporting fix,” said Blackburn.

Golf in Society have delivered over 600 sessions to families facing challenges brought about by dementia as well as Parkinson’s and stroke-related illnesses.

Blackburn continued: “I hope the story of Jim and Ferg acts as a call to action to our health and social care stakeholders, political leaders, the golf industry and society as a whole as to how golf can play a leading role in improving the lives of our ageing nation.”

To watch the film click here

More details on England Golf’s ‘Golfing with Dementia’ commitments, how to become a dementia-friendly club or to volunteer as a dementia friend can be found here