The initiative was launched to improve the lives of some of the 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK, and also to change people’s perceptions of dementia – according to Swim England health and wellbeing manager Jamie Hooper. It is also anticipated that in the next 30 years, the number of people with it in the UK is expected to double to 1.4 million.
It will come as no surprise to anyone, that the ASA Health strategy Taking the Plunge for fitter lifestyle reports that leading a physically activate lifestyle and taking part in activities such as swimming can have a significant impact on well-being. After all, exercise has positive benefits on physical and mental health, and believed by those in the know to improve the quality of life for people in all stages of dementia by reducing anxiety, improving mood and enhancing psychological wellbeing.
Also working with housing associations, and charities such as Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK and local Dementia Action Alliances, the project has worked hard to overcome challenges in more commercial leisure organisations to support its cause, but has made a positive impact not only on the experiences of those with dementia, but on the way those of us currently in a position of observation think about it as well – after all, we are all in this together.
An area close to our hearts at Spabreaks.com, with our ongoing work with Accessible Spas, we couldn’t be more happy to see steps being made in this area to improve the wellbeing of anyone touched dementia, including the people around them.
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