People living with dementia in Honiton told us that they valued walking for leisure so we spoke to Walking for Health leaders at Outreach Leisure East Devon and have set up dementia friendly ambles.
Memory Café volunteers have been trained as walk leaders; we have a high level of support on our ambles and can have 3 levels of amble happening at the same time to meet varying levels of fitness and ability.
More often than not the walk ends in a café with the ever popular cream tea. This is a safe and friendly social group for people with memory problems and their carers who are looking for some support to remain physically active.
Walking carries the lowest possible risk of all physical activities, yet produces huge benefits to physical fitness and mental wellbeing, both areas that have been shown to have positive effects on people with dementia. Carers come on the ambles too and we also welcome any friends or family members to join in the fun.
If you want to know more please contact either Lottie at firstname.lastname@example.org 01395 562500 or Min Rennolds Honiton Memory Café Coordinator on 07789 104 601.
The Grades Explained
Approx. 20 – 30 Mins – Grade 1
For those just starting to exercise who would find hills a problem, on mostly flat level footpaths.
Approx. 30 – 60 Mins – Grade 2
For those who can do a little exercise and cope with gentle on mostly flat and level footpaths but with some slight gradients.
Approx. 60 – 90 Mins – Grade 3
For those able to walk at moderate speed, with slopes and uneven pathways. On footpaths and pavements with some gradients and hills. Steps with handrails and stiles in some places. It can be slippery under foot when wet.