There are currently some 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia. By the year 2015 it is predicted that this figure will rise to at least one million.
The financial cost of dementia to the UK economy is in excess of £26 billion per annum. Family carers of people with dementia save the UK Government £11 billion per year.
Approximately two thirds of dementia sufferers live within the community, with the other third living in a care home.
It is estimated that of the 60,000 deaths each that are attributable to dementia, could be reduced by half, i.e. 30,000 people, if the onset of dementia was delayed by five years (Alzheimer’s Society
In the absence of a known cure for dementia, there are a numerous initiatives and therapies undertaken by a variety of organisations in an attempt to improve the quality of life for both sufferers of
dementia and their carers (Department of Health 2015).
One such initiative is a form of reminiscence therapy delivered to dementia patients and carers using football as the main focus. There is a growing surge of enthusiasm for football based reminiscence
therapy. However despite the interest for this form of therapy, the delivery mechanisms, training requirements and outcome based evaluations is not well advanced (Watchmen et al. 2015).
The aim of this study is to investigate the impact of football based reminiscence therapy sessions on dementia patients and their carers based on the views of associated professionals.
Semi structured interviews
Quotes and findings to show that the approach is hugely beneficial to service users and carers.
An interesting and evolving topic that can be transferred to a range of sporting and activity settings.