ASA shares learnings at PHE Conference

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Attendees at the Public Health England Annual Conference 2015 have been provided with details of the ASA’s Dementia Friendly Swimming Project.

Over 1,400 participants attended the annual national PHE conference, which included key note speeches from Public Health Minister Jane Ellison and Secretary of State for Health, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, to share knowledge and experience about key health and social issues.

Professor Ken Fox presented an overview of the Dementia Friendly Swimming Project on behalf of the ASA, and shared details of its progress and learnings as part of the Public Health Priorities theme Dementia prevention: Evidence, risk reduction and innovation.

Lara Lill, ASA Head of Health and Wellbeing, commented: “Speaking today at the PHE National Conference has been an exciting opportunity to share the ground breaking work of the ASA and the Dementia Friendly Swimming project.

“The project has been embraced by all of our partners and has provided the basis to develop specific research on dementia and swimming, including a model of scalability and sustainability that will create impact around the country.

“The network of dementia friendly pools has shown how swimming can improve the quality of life and delay further cognitive decline by improving physical function.”

Find out more about the Dementia Friendly Swimming Project.

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