This week we launched our photography walks around the Clay areas of Cornwall. We have set up these weekly walks for people with dementia and their carers to get outside, meet like minded people and take some photos. Each week we will be going to a different area to photograph the landscape (both natural and industrial), chat and get some fresh air. The walks will be fairly short and flexible to the needs and wants of the group each week (not to mention the weather). Best of all we are aiming to always finish with a hot cuppa and a piece of cake….we have earned it after all!
We know that walking and exercise in general really helps improve circulation, promotes restful sleep and can enhance moods. We also believe that spending time outdoors and connecting with nature can enhance general feelings of well-being. A study has recently been published that further links the benefits of walking and memory;
“Regular brisk walks can slow down the shrinking of the brain and the faltering mental skills that old age often brings, scientists say.
Studies on men and women aged 60 to 80 found that taking a short walk three times a week increased the size of brain regions linked to planning and memory over the course of a year.” read the full article
Check out the dates and location for our next walk here
Update – read about week 2