Leisure centres set to launch free swimming for people with dementia - The Leamington Observer

Leisure centres set to launch free swimming for people with dementia

FREE swimming lessons for those living with dementia and their carers are on offer at leisure centres in Warwick District during Dementia Action Week (May 16-22).

St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre and Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre, run by operator Everyone Active in partnership with Warwick District Council (WDC), are taking part in the initiative.

More than 920,000 people in the UK are living with dementia, with symptoms including the loss of cognitive functioning — thinking, remembering, and reasoning — to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities.

Research shows that low-impact exercise can be beneficial, not only for physical health but for mental health too, and can improve the quality of life for people in all stages of dementia.

Gareth Wagg, Everyone Active’s contract manager, said: “We’re delighted to launch this initiative and hope it will encourage more people living with dementia to enjoy using our facilities.

“We know research has shown that swimming specifically has multiple benefits for people living with this condition, and is accessible, no matter what your age, ability or fitness level.

“Being more active will help people to live well with dementia, improving their physical fitness and mental wellbeing, as well as having fun.”

Councillor Liam Bartlett, WDC spokesperson for leisure said: “We very much hope that members of our local community are able to take part in this initiative and if successful can introduce the enjoyment and benefits of swimming into their regular routines.”

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