Walk Aberdeen embraces dementia friendly walking
Walking for Health project, Walk Aberdeen, run by
Minister for Mental Health, Maureen Watt presented Walk Aberdeen’s coordinator, Brian Harrison, and his team of caring Volunteer Walk Leaders with their Dementia Friendly Accreditation on behalf of national walking charity Paths for All. Brian and his team have worked together with other dementia service
This accreditation standard from Paths for All means anyone living with dementia can be assured that
People living with dementia benefit from being outdoors and in contact with nature as it can help to relieve stress, increase self-esteem, produce vitamin D, and exercises the brain, helping with memory and cognitive functioning. Even 10 to 15 minutes of daily walking outdoors can improve the overall wellbeing of people living with dementia.
Maureen Watt, Minister for Mental Health said:
“I am very impressed with
Brian Harrison, Walk Aberdeen’s Co-ordinator said:
“We understand the positive impact physical activity can have on people’s lives and as such we are delighted to have been able to work with Paths for All to enable people living with dementia, and their carers, to live more active lives to help manage their health and well-being.
“I am thrilled that through this project we have been able to develop and deliver a series of regular walks across Aberdeen City that are accessible to people living with dementia.”
Ian Findlay, Chief Officer with Paths for All said:
“I would like to congratulate Brian and his team of fantastic volunteers for making small changes to their activity programme which make a huge difference to the lives of people living with dementia in Scotland.”