As spring dawns our dementia friendly walking group are going from strength to strength. We’ve found that walking isn’t just good exercise and fresh air but it has allowed new friendships to form and conversations to flow freely. Problems are shared, support is given and laughs are always heard. In fact the University of East Anglia has recently published a study on the benefits of group walking.
“As well as being more active, people who walk in groups also tend to have a more positive attitude toward physical activity, a shared experience of wellness, and say they feel less lonely and isolated”.
We couldn’t agree more!
A few members have expressed an interest in identifying some plants and wildlife whilst we’re out so we decided to start bringing along some spotters handbooks. We’ve had great fun identifying flowers, plants and birds which has inspired us to create some user friendly spotters guides of our own especially geared towards people with dementia. So watch this space!