I find it tragic that so many golfers are forced to give up the game they love when diagnosed with dementia. I can understand why, but that doesn’t make it acceptable.
Put yourself in the shoes of a golfer who has just been diagnosed, which I often do.
Trying to deal with devastating news that you have a terminal disease must be hard enough, but to then realise that your golfing days are numbered, especially for a person who’s life has revolved around their local golf club must be heart-breaking.
Just when their club, their “home away from home” needs to show compassion, offer re-assurance that they are still welcome and golf can still be enjoyed, all too often the reverse happens.
Too many golfers diagnosed with dementia are needlessly leaving the game prematurely because the golf industry has not grasped the issue of how to engage and retain these life-long supporters of the game.
This needs to change and hopefully our pioneering dementia golf sessions can inspire the golf industry to change. It’s not just ethically and socially right to do so – it’s critical to the future health of golf clubs.
If you consider that the average age of a club member is about 55 and that one in three people over 65 will develop dementia you can start to see the urgency for golf clubs to have dementia support services.
This week we have proved our commitment to transforming this tragic situation by supporting dementia golfers in Lincoln, Bromley and Harrogate to have a great day out at their local golf course – just like they did before dementia came knocking at their door.
When you watch the videos below you will see why our work is so rewarding and we are so passionate about transforming attitudes within the golf industry towards dementia.