Golf In Society “In The Spotlight”

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Signposting dementia support services is crucial if we are to help people live well with dementia.  The Lincolnshire Alzheimer’s Society produces a quarterly newsletter titled “In the Spotlight” that features services available across the county.

We’ve been featured as a new service in the July edition – here’s the article.

Lincolnshire Dementia Family
Support Service
Newsletter
July 2016, Volume 3

In the Spotlight!
Introducing… Golf In Society
Dementia Golf Proving A Hit At Lincoln Golf Centre
A new support service aimed at improving the health & wellbeing of families living with dementia is proving to be a real success in Lincoln. Golf In Society has teamed up with Lincoln Golf Centre -Thorpe On The Hill to run enjoyable, relaxing and stimulating golf sessions every Thursday. The unique sessions combine, physical, mental and social stimulation and are delivered in the beautiful natural surroundings. As well as providing excellent dementia therapy, the sessions have offered a much-needed respite break for carers.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the positive impact the golf sessions have had on people’s lives” says Founder of Golf In Society, Anthony Blackburn
Quote from Annie – Wife & carer
“The best way of describing it is that it makes him buoyant, he lights up when he comes here, it brings him alive again.”
Quote from Fiona – Wife & carer
“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.”
The sessions run every Thursday from 10am until 1pm at Lincoln Golf Centre, Thorpe On The Hill. Contact : Anthony Blackburn on 07491694938 or email golfinsociety@gmail.com. You can also find more information on the website: http://www.golfinsociety.com

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The Big “D” – Dementia

48 million people worldwide have dementia. There is currently no cure for this devastating disease. By 2050 this figure is set to TRIPLE to 150 million.

Cancer, often called “The Big C” has taken many loved ones from us before their time. However, huge strides have been taken in the detection, treatment and care for victims of cancer. People now have a much higher chance of surviving if diagnosed early enough.

The same cannot be said about “The Big D” – Dementia. There is no cure, diagnosis rates are poor and support for families is tragically inadequate.

As a degenerative disease of the brain it’s harder to treat than other chronic illness. On average people live eight years before they die from dementia.

Finding cures for dementia must remain the overriding priority.

However, in the meantime there’s much more we can do to support people and their loved ones “live well” with “The Big D” . We must improve;

  • Diagnosis rates
  • Early Intervention
  • Signposting of support services
  • Availability of person-centred care
  • Respite for carers & loved ones

When you witness the devastation of dementia it makes you realise that if we don’t tackle the “The Big D” properly, it will be far more destructive than “The Big C” to families across the world.

Discovering cures will take time and victims of this disease will continue to increase as our population gets older.

However, diagnosis, early-intervention, person-centred support and respite for carers can all be improved pretty quickly.

So let’s start by embracing and supporting the terrific people out there making a huge difference to the lives of families with “The Big D”.

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