Dementia Golf Featured On Radio 4

When people ask me “what is Golf In Society all about?” I usually reply “It’s a social enterprise that helps people live happier, healthier lives by introducing them to the wonderful world of golf”.

The next question is often “so how does it work?”. My response is normally “We help elderly people improve their health & wellbeing by providing them with a unique combination of physical, mental & social stimulation in beautiful natural surroundings“.

This week our pilot project was featured on Radio 4 – You & Yours. In future when people ask me what we do and the positive impact we have on people’s lives, I’m going to ask them to listen to the Radio 4 feature (link below). In six minutes it says so much about how we’ve helped people living with dementia and their carers improve their lives through golf.

This is what we do, why we do it and why we are so passionate about making it available to more people throughout the UK.

After listening to the link below, you’ll realise why we say “Life is definitely better when you’re golfing!!!



Dementia Golf Days – Touching People’s Lives In Priceless Ways

The first “Dementia Golf Days” started at Lincoln Golf Centre back in September 2015. We never imagined that they would prove to be such an instant success. The University of Li…

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Dementia Golf Days – Touching People’s Lives In Priceless Ways



When Golf In Society started piloting its “Dementia Golf Days” back in September 2015, it never imagined that they would prove to be such an instant success.

The University of Lincoln has been evaluating the pilot in order to determine the impact the initiative has had on the lives of  families living with dementia.

Whilst the quantitative outcomes have been spectacular, the qualitative outcomes have been absolutely priceless.

Here’s a flavour of the priceless and inspirational feedback from the evaluation.


Firstly, here’s what the golfers living with dementia have told us about their days out……………….

“I love the company and the banter – I’ve had an awful game of golf today but it didn’t matter.”

“It’s being outside in the fresh air and being able to participate.”

“Keeping up with the golf is tremendous – still being able to do it.”

“I find speaking hard from the illness – I can’t get the words – so this is important as I practice my talking – and here it doesn’t matter we are all similar.”

“Camaraderie – the golf gets me to do things for other people – it’s a great thing – we help each other – it keeps me going.”

“There’s a real sense of community here and its physical the golf ….. good for you.”

“It helps my wife – it gives her time of her own – a good break – I’ve won a couple of trophies – it all has the purpose of making you feel better.”


Their carers have been equally positive ……………………

“He wasn’t a golfer but now he rarely misses a shot and absolutely enjoys it…………. It’s the only time he comes out.”

“He was so excited after the first session that he’d be able to play again, its nice to see him doing what he loved to do.”

“I can’t get him to a day centre but I can’t stop him coming here”

“We (the other wives) meet up for a chat and a coffee, we’ve made new friends and we meet up outside too”

“It allows me to be at work – I am not worried about him being here – I’m very reluctant to let him go to a lot of places but I am confident when he is here – I don’t worry.”

“It’s good here, he’s got early onset and there’s nothing for younger ones but he’s helped to fit in and he helps the others.”

“It gives him his own social life ……….. he says it’s my thing’ where he feels he’s not reliant on other people so gives him a sense of independence rather than illness”

“The best way of describing it is that it makes him buoyant, he lights up when he comes here, it brings him alive again.”

“He also has Parkinson’s and when he putts he’s not shaking so much”

“He always remembers the golf whereas he doesn’t remember other things”

“This gives him an enormous sense of pride. He will polish his golf clubs and look after his golf shoes, it gives him a sense of purpose.”

“They help each other on the golf course so you have this chap with dementia helping another chap with dementia…..they know how each other feels.”

“He’s happier and he’s more relaxed so I am more relaxed, it’s priceless from my point of view to see him happy and doing something as he was always so active.”

“To see the look on his face when he did play golf again, was an experience that will stay with me for a long time.”

What price do you put on this feedback? Golf In Society believe it Priceless!!


Parkinson’s & Golf – The Perfect Partnership


This week is Parkinson’s Awareness Week. Did you know that to live well with the disease it’s important to increase muscle strength, improve balance, co-ordination and flexibility.It’s also widely recognised that regular exercise through walking is extremely beneficial for people with Parkinson’s.

Keeping the brain stimulated and regular socialising are other important considerations when helping people live well with the disease.

This is why golf is a perfect pastime for families living with Parkinson’s. The combination of physical exercise, mental stimulation and social interaction in beautiful natural surroundings is excellent therapy.

I think this is why our first ever Parkinson’s Golf Day was such an instant hit last week.

People quickly realised how their balance, co-ordination and confidence increased when they learnt to putt & chip a golf ball.

The friendships created as we formed teams of golf club members, people with Parkinson’s and their carers was a joy to behold.

Two guys used to play cricket for Yorkshire and were re-united again after 20 years!!! To hear the laughter, to see the smiles and witness everyone enjoying themselves was priceless.

It made us realise that golf can facilitate helping people with Parkinson’s live happier & healthier lives. The other benefit of the day was that it provided much-needed respite for carers – who are often desperate for support.

Following the success of the first session, our intention is to run regular sessions for those who want golf in their life every week as well as a monthly “Big Social Golf Day” where friends, family and carers can join in.

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