Walks to Improve Mental Health
The dementia friendly walks were set up with the intention of providing benefits to people living with dementia and their carers. The benefits participants have gained from attending the walks were improvement of their social, physical, and mental health.
Most of the walkers were older people who had been diagnosed with dementia and their carers, however, some individuals have joined for the social aspect and to help with their mental health issues. Individuals initially attended the programme not knowing anyone, but over time they have developed friendships, leading to great peer support being shown across the group and a reduction in social isolation.
The plan to provide a walk for those living with dementia was the initial priority but surprisingly the carers began talking to the other carers supporting each other, comparing different medications and routines. The benefits were enjoyed by both the person and their carers, to the point that two carers who sadly became widows over the time, still come along and enjoy the groups friendships.