Aura Wales will be hosting a Dementia Friendly Swimming session at Mold Leisure Centre on 19th August 2019 from 9.30-11.00am.
As an organisation, we are working towards becoming Dementia Friendly and hope the introduction of Dementia Friendly Swimming sessions will help to support anyone in the community living with or affected by Dementia.
We spoke to Steven McFadyen – a representative of the Alzheimer’s Society – who said: “we’re delighted that Mold Leisure Centre has chosen to trial Dementia Friendly swimming events. Physical activity can allow people with Dementia to connect with other people, have fun and stay healthy.
For the sport and physical activity sector, becoming more Dementia Friendly means providing opportunities to support every person affected by Dementia, including carers and family members. We need to make sure people involved in the running of swimming pools and other activities are aware of the impact of Dementia and how they can support people in their community. We’ve seen how improving access to activities like swimming can have a hugely positive impact. We hope more leisure centres will support people with Dementia to continue to do the things they enjoy for as long as possible.”
It is our hope that the session will demonstrate all the benefits of swimming and the mental and physical well-being it can encourage. Swimming can help to:
- Offer a sense of mental wellbeing
- Soothe the mind and reduce anxiety
- Relax the body by supporting it in a relatively weightless environment
- Offer opportunities to socialise
- Reduce loneliness and contribute to creating a sense of place.
Wesley Billings, Swimming Coordinator at Mold Leisure Centre, expressed his enthusiasm on behalf of Aura Wales, stating: “we would like to support people living with Dementia in the community so that they can continue to be comfortable taking part in an activity they enjoy. We hope this session will become a more regular slot in our swimming pool programme and increase links with Dementia groups across all Aura leisure centres.”