The power of walking
Dementia-friendly walks will begin at West Park in Long Eaton this month to help those living with dementia and their carers to enjoy exercise outdoors.
The first walk will be on Thursday 17 October with two more planned for Thursday 21 November and Thursday 19 December. All three will set off from the park’s bowls pavilion at 10.30am and free refreshments will be available at the end of the walk.
The morning walks, which are wheelchair-friendly, have been organised by Erewash Borough Council’s Sport and Health Development team and will offer general and easy strolls led by qualified walk leaders.
The distance and pace of the free walks can be designed for those taking part and can last for between 20 minutes to one hour.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“These gentle and easy walks within the park will provide an enjoyable and accessible way for people living with dementia to take exercise with all the well-known benefits that this can bring. We held a series of these walks in our Victoria Park at Ilkeston earlier this year and they were very popular and welcomed by all those who went along.”