A Royal British Legion Care Home in Warwickshire has become the latest partner of Sporting Memories.
Galanos House, which has a specialist Dementia care wing, is running sessions to engage attendees through the power of sports nostalgia.
The Sporting Memories Foundation is the world’s first charity dedicated to sports reminiscence and physical activities, supporting older people with dementia, depression and loneliness by engaging them socially and helping to recall memories of watching or playing sport.
Galanos House Home Manager, Jo-Anne Wilson, remarked the initiative has been a resounding success.
“Using the wealth of resources from Sporting Memories has provided a springboard for awakening memories,” said Wilson. “We have been able to use the sporting themes in our Men’s Club, which has proved really popular and has even stirred them to get up out of their chairs to have a go.
“The weekly ‘spot the ball’ has been a real success; it has sparked memories, debate, discussion, a bit of healthy competition and lots of laughter. We also look forward to the weekly Sporting Pink newsletter. These sessions have been really beneficial for people living with dementia and their carers – helping them to connect and giving them a focus, away from the dementia, for visits.”
A series of ‘Replay Cards’ have been produced by Sporting Memories over the years, as part of the memory aids provided to groups. The latest set, on horse racing, proved to be particularly successful at Galanos House during March’s Cheltenham Festival.
Wilson added: “We recently used the Racing Replay Cards in Gold Cup week, which was fabulous. The Replay Cards help to link memories to today’s sporting events and we have found them beneficial to use on both a one-to-one basis and in a group. Our sessions have enabled friendships to form and shared interests to blossom. This has led to visits out to sporting events and to starting to explore participation in a variety of sports again. So it has been a real success story!”
Sporting Memories Commercial Director John Dyer is delighted with the response to the Galanos House sessions and hopes the British Legion partnership can go from strength to strength.
“It’s great to hear how the resources and sessions are already helping residents to recall some of their fond memories of sport,” said Dyer. “Hearing of how it has helped forge new friendships in such a short space of time once again demonstrates how sport has the power to connect. We are looking forward to continuing to develop our work and partnership with everyone at Galanos House and seeing the positive impact this will have.”
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