Walk and Talk
Horsforth LAH, a Neighbourhood Network Scheme, develops woodland and park walks for older people with dementia and their carers to enjoy the benefits of nature and being outdoors away from the stresses of home life.
The scheme offers qualified training in being a Dementia-Friendly walk leader, delivered by Dementia Adventure.
Horsforth have found that quieter settings where there is a focused activity can create an environment where people feel more comfortable discussing their needs and experiences, so these walks serve as an entry point for other support. The group have bonded and can talk openly about the effects that memory problems have on their daily life. One participant has said that she feels like she can now go on a walk on her own since she knows the park. The project has also brought together two neighbours who did not previously know each other but can now turn to each other for support on a regular basis.
A further legacy will be a website with information about suitability of walks, focusing specifically on the needs of people with dementia and their carers. Other groups may access this information and recreate the service with their population.
If you would like to find out more or know someone who might want to get involved, please get in touch via the contact details at the right.