De­men­tia suf­fer­ers set to get new club

The Press and Journal (Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY JOANNE WARNOCK

A new out­door ac­tiv­ity club, aimed at those liv­ing with de­men­tia, has been formed in Aberdeen­shire mak­ing it the first of its kind on Scot­land.

The For­get Me Not club’s in­au­gu­ral out­door meet­ing will take place this week and is the in­au­gu­ral de­men­tia-friendly cy­cling and struc­tured walk­ing group to have been es­tab­lished.

Launch­ing from Knock­burn sports loch this Sun­day, the club is de­signed to pro­vide con­fi­dence to those liv­ing with de­men­tia and give them the op­por­tu­nity to re­main ac­tive, “within a safe and ap­pro­pri­ate en­vi­ron­ment, while main­tain­ing their in­de­pen­dence”.

The For­get Me Not club is a vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion on Dee­side, and op­er­a­tions man­ager Heather Mor­ri­son has been in­volved since the start.

She said: “We are now deal­ing with a marked in­crease in younger clients who are not ready for the seden­tary pro­gramme within our re­source cen­tre – this has led us to set­ting up a new strand called Ac­tive For­get Me Not, which op­er­ates at a lo­cal out­door sports fa­cil­ity.

“Ac­tiv­i­ties such as de­men­tia-friendly cy­cling, walk­ing foot­ball, walk­ing and kite fly­ing make up a pro­gramme more suited to those still phys­i­cally fit.”

As a means of pro­mot­ing the club, a fam­ily fun day is of­fer­ing any­one af­fected by de­men­tia the chance to come along and take part in the fam­ily bike re­lay, the home­made kite com­pe­ti­tion or the walk­ing foot­ball.

New mem­bers are wel­come to join the club on Sun­day from 1pm on­wards. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able by phon­ing 01330 822655.

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