Today, over 46 million people live with dementia worldwide, more than the population of Spain. This number is estimated to increase to 131.5 million by 2050.
Today, the total estimated worldwide cost of dementia is US $818 billion, and it will become a trillion dollar disease by 2018 [World Alzheimer Report 2015 – alz.co.uk].
Dementia is not a specific disease. It is an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.
|Golf is a moderately intense physical activity and is likely to prevent the onset of cognitive decline and, in those with dementia, can reduce the decline of both mental and physical activity [Lutenschlager et al]|
|With those with dementia, golf has been shown to provide a suitable environment to:|
– interact socially
– provide appropriate physical activity-encouraging strength and balance
– to provide respite for carers
|For older people, it can provide memories and a focus for social interaction in a community environment|
Golf & Dementia | University of Bedfordshire, UK
Professor David Hewson & Charlotte Poynter from the University of Bedfordshire are looking at dementia research that could show how golf could be beneficial to people with dementia, along with the caregivers that look after them…