Dementia is not a disease in itself. Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a group of symptoms that occur when brain cells stop working properly. This happens inside specific areas of the brain, which can affect how people think, remember and communicate. There are different types of dementia and it is possible to have more than one type at the same time.
There are local clubs and services available for people with dementia, and their carers. For further information, click on the following web pages:
The Horsham District Dementia Action Alliance
The Horsham District Dementia Action Alliance was formed in February 2015. It is made up of local organisations, including some sports and leisure providers, who are committed to making the area a safe and rewarding place for people with dementia to live, work and visit – and for carers to feel adequately supported.
Each member organisation has created an action plan outlining how they will support people with dementia, and their carers. Every individual, club, group, service and organisation has a valuable part to play and if we all work together, we can help to create a truly dementia friendly district. Sport has a role to play in making progress.
A Dementia Friendly Horsham District
A dementia-friendly Horsham District is one in which people with dementia are empowered to have aspirations and feel confident, knowing they can contribute and participate in activities meaningful to them. People with dementia, and their carers, will be consulted and listened to and will feel included in our community.
The Horsham District Dementia Action Alliance is working with a variety of organisations, including sports and leisure providers, to help create a Dementia Friendly Horsham District.
Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people's perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about the condition. Training to become a Dementia Friend only takes an hour and is done by either attending a local session run by a volunteer Dementia Friends Champion or by watching an online video on the Dementia Friends website.
For further information visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk
If any sporting organisation is interested in working in partnership with Horsham District Council to provide/improve services for people with dementia and their carers, please contact Ian Ford
Sporting Initiatives for People With Dementia
Southwater Sporting Moments Group
The session is currently FREE and open to anyone with dementia and their supporter. If you wish to join in, come along to Southwater Leisure Centre on Mondays from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon.
Bring a packed lunch if you wish to join the group for lunch afterwards.
Any enquiries, please ring Know Dementia 01273 494300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To discuss other ideas for helping people with dementia play and enjoy sport and be physically active contact Ian Ford