How the sport and leisure sector can support people with dementia

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Session Overview

 At the start of February 2019, Alzheimer’s Society will be launching a guidance toolkit for the sport and leisure sector to enable people, programmes and organisations to support more people with dementia in being active. Over the next few months we will be working directly with people with dementia to understand some of their challenges and attitudes towards physical activity in leisure centres, gyms and sports clubs. The guide will highlight ways leisure centres and gyms can be more dementia friendly and offer practical solutions to enable more people with dementia to access and enjoy these facilities. We will capture case studies, insight, produce video content and we’ll be doing this working with some leisure providers to help shape this guidance toolkit that can be taken up nationally.


Steven McFadyen, Sport and Leisure Officer
Alzheimer’s Society

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 Steven has over 10 years’ experience of working within the sector on a range of inclusive and accessible sports projects. Specialising in disability and inclusive sport, adapting activities to meet the needs of differing audiences has been a big part of his work. The ultimate aim is being able to use sport and physical activity as a way to have a positive impact on people’s lives.

Now working at Alzheimer’s Society, leading on a dementia friendly sport and physical activity project, supporting organisations to become more dementia friendly in a range of ways. Steven is working with the Prime Ministers Champion Group to advise leading physical activity providers on the support they can offer to enable more people affected by dementia to enjoy more active lives in their community.