The Dementia Friendly Swimming Project has been developed to enhance the swimming experience of those living with dementia and their carers by improving facilities and removing barriers.
There are 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK. Our research shows that low impact exercise can be beneficial for physical and mental health and can improve the quality of life for people in all stages of dementia. Swimming in particular has the added benefits of reducing anxiety, improving mood and enhancing psychological well being.
By working together with local authorities and bringing together a partnership of adult social care, health trainers, carers and local community groups, this project aims to create a safe and friendly swimming environment for people with dementia.
The Project is one of 30 voluntary sector projects to be awarded a grant by the Department of Health’s Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Fund (IESD).