Berkshire charities walk for wellbeing during Dementia Action Week

Local dementia charities walk for wellbeing during Dementia Action Week

Twyford based charity Understanding Dementia are taking part in the first ever large-scale Dementia Walk in Berkshire on May 19.

Organised in a partnership between Dementia Friendly West Berkshire, Age UK Berkshire and Reading Football Club Community Trust, the walk will take place around Reading Football Club’s Select Car Leasing stadium as a way of marking Dementia Action Week from 16-22 May.

“We wanted to do something really special and walking on a football pitch is not something that many people can say they have done previously,” said Victoria Rowland, dementia co-ordinator at Age UK Berkshire.

The walk starts at 10am and anyone can take part: “Whether you are a person living with dementia, a carer or a person/organisation that wants to show support for those affected by dementia,” she added.

Victoria also said that the benefits of walking for all – not just those with dementia – are being discovered all the time.

“Recent studies have shown that exercise may improve memory and slow down decline, bring improvements in strength and balance, reduce risk of falls, and reduce the risk of other diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

“Walking also brings benefits to better cognition, mood, self-esteem, confidence and improvements in sleep.”

After the walk there will be refreshments and advice and information will be on hand from Understanding Dementia and other local organisations.

Understanding Dementia will also be there on the day to talk about their new online training courses which are free to unpaid carers of family members living with dementia.

Enrolment on the next course (commencing week of May 24) comes by way of purchasing a book ‘Understanding Dementia and lessening its impact for those who care’, for £4.95, written by occupational therapist, dementia specialist and founder of Understanding Dementia, Shirley Pearce.

The course comprises one-hour weekly sessions over eight weeks.

For information on the walk contact: Victoria.Rowland@AgeUKBerkshire.org.uk 

For information on the courses contact: lucy.w@understandingdementia.co.uk 

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