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A new memory and discussion group for older sports fans will begin on Saturday 10th September in Parkstone. The group is open to all older people who love sport but is designed to stimulate people who have memory loss and dementia. Research shows that friendly discussion groups can help combat feelings of depression, loneliness and social isolation. The group has been developed by Dorset charity Prama, Poole Well-Being Collaborative and Poole Social Prescription Service and will be using materials from the national Sporting Memories Foundation.
Group organiser, Bridget Barrett of Prama commented; “Sporting Memories is designed to keep older people connected by tapping into their passion for sport. The group is open to anyone over the age of 50 who loves sport, but the group will particularly focus on people living with memory problems or dementia to trigger long-held memories of watching or playing sport”.
People are welcome to attend alone or come along with a family member or carer and the group will also welcome volunteers who are interested in sport and want to join in. The first group will take place on Saturday 10th September, 10am-midday and will then take place alternative Saturdays at Alderney Community Centre and Social Club, 287 Herbert Avenue, Parkstone, BH12. Further information from Bridget Barrett on 01202 207300.