We believe swimming can have the following positive impacts on people living with dementia and their carers:
- It can offer a sense of mental wellbeing, something which cannot be easily measured but is mentioned by thousands of participants.
- It helps clear the mind, encourages positivity in individuals and builds a sense of self-worth.
- Swimming can soothe the mind and reduce anxiety
- It can relax the body by supporting it in a relatively weightless environment
- It can offer opportunities to socialise.
- It can reduce loneliness and contribute to creating a sense of place.
Over the next three years the Dementia Friendly Swimming Project aims to:
- Build a network of dementia friendly pools for people living with dementia and their carers
- Produce guidance for pools and those in health care provision
- Develop and deliver specific qualifications as well as building a network of delivers.
How we will achieve these aims
In the first year of the project we will work with Durham County Council and Manchester City Council to develop our knowledge and understanding.
During the second year we will expand the project to include pools in Leeds, Nottingham, Barking and Dagenham, Bristol and the London Aquatics Centre.
By the end of the third year we hope to be working with over 100 swimming pools, trained 300 key swimming staff and 300 staff in front line roles, and developed 60 cascade courses to aid sustainability.
More importantly, we seek to have positively enhanced the swimming experience for more than 3,000 people living with dementia and helped a further 1,500 adult carers to have practical swimming experience.
We also hope to support the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge of one million Dementia Friends. Click here to find out more about the Challenge.