14th October 2019
Dementia-friendly Sport and Physical Activity Guide
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What is the dementia-friendly sport and physical activity guide?


Alzheimer's Society's new guide shares good practice and creative ideas from across the sector.

It aims to inform and educate individuals and organisations so they have a better understanding of dementia and how it affects people. It also provides tools and guidance so that the sector can help more people affected by dementia lead more active lives. 

This guide highlights the many ways that organisations can better support people affected by dementia, so that they can participate in their local community. 

This new resource includes ways for individuals and organisations to make their activities more suitable to people who are starting an activity for the first time or after a period of inactivity. It also signposts to relevant organisations and explains where to find more information.

Why is this guide important for the sport and physical activity sector?

Being dementia-friendly is friendly for everyone.

We need to make sure all sport and physical activity providers train their employees to be aware of the impact of dementia. They must also adapt their programming, and consider environments and processes, to tackle the challenges that their members and employees face.

The importance of inclusivity

The focus on dementia might seem restricted, given that many disabilities and long-term health conditions can impact on people’s lives. However, the impact of dementia and the barriers that people with dementia face are very broad. Therefore, the learning and progress towards becoming dementia-friendly will simultaneously tackle a number of barriers that are associated with a wide range of disabilities and long-term health conditions.

Pocket sport and physical activity cards

We’ve created a one page condensed version of the dementia-friendly sport and physical activity guide to highlight the key actions organisations can do. To request these handy pocket size documents please contact us.



'What keeps my dementia at bay' 

Watch this video of Tracey showing the importance of physical activity and how using the gym has had a huge impact on her life. Now, she’s an inspiration to others.


Dementia-friendly golf

Since the launch of the dementia-friendly sport and physical activity guide in February 2019, we've been working closely with England Golf to help bring the world of golf together to unite against dementia.