5th September 2023
The Global Ageing Network, Scottish Care and the National Care Forum are delighted to offer a unique opportunity as part of the Global Ageing Conference coming to Scotland.
On Tuesday 5th September 2023 we are pleased that as a result of the generosity of two of Scotland’s oldest golf clubs we are able to offer a number of participants the opportunity to both play a round of golf and to share in an innovative programme to support people living with dementia.
5 September 2023
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Participants joined us in Troon, Ayrshire to enjoy the challenge of 18 holes over Royal Troon, prepared and ready for the 2024 British Open, or a round on its sister course the Portland. These are two of the best golf courses in Scotland and Royal Troon is often voted within the Top 50 Global courses. You can find out more about the golf courses here https://www.royaltroon.co.uk and https://www.royaltroon.co.uk/the-courses/portland-course/
Following the game, Troon’s local organisation Dementia Friendly Troon and Villages ran their Relaxed Golf sessions.
About Dementia Friendly Troon and Villages’s Relaxed Golf.
Golf is a pastime that people with dementia and other health complications struggle to maintain, missing out on physical exercise and losing valuable social connections as a consequence – DFT&V have a successful Relaxed Golf initiative that allows for the continued engagement with the game and the company of others.
These sessions use the Portland Clubhouse as a 19th hole for the duration of the session, with plenty memorabilia to stimulate conversation and reminiscence. Tea and coffee will be provided, and the bar is open.
The golf is played on the short Craigend course, with volunteers assisting individuals to play at whatever pace is comfortable, buggies are available for those that might require them. As the sessions have developed, a competitive element has been introduced for those all-important bragging rights!
The session is not exclusively for those with dementia – we seek in all we do to create normal social situations, so encourage others to join us and help to stimulate, cajole and blether.