Evidence based physical activity policy and practice to promote physical activity: Adding years to life and life to years: Sporting Memories; promoting well-being & exercise across generations
ISPAH ePoster Library. Jameson-Allen T. Oct 16, 2018; 225166; 296
Tony Jameson-Allen
Tony Jameson-Allen
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Abstract We will explore the development and impact of using the history and heritage of sport to tackle three of the biggest challenges facing an ageing society; dementia, depression and loneliness. Founded in 2011 to develop an approach to engage older men through reminiscing about sport, we will describe how a chance encounter led to group members suggesting introducing physical activity into their weekly group. Working with over 400 organisations and across generations, toolkits, apps and digital resources have supplemented training of volunteers to establish over 100 groups to date. Evaluation and impact measures have evolved in collaboration with researchers and academic institutions. Leeds Beckett University are evaluating Sporting Memories three year Sport England Active Ageing project that commences in January 2018. Early findings will be shared, along with case studies captured in previous projects and ongoing work, demonstrating how this approach is having a positive impact on getting inactive people over 55, physically active. In one region in Scotland, of 165 male participants 84% were totally inactive until joining a sporting memories group. All now undertake a minimum of one hour physical activity a week. The approach would appear to be a sustainable community based, intergenerational solution to supporting older men, in particular those living with dementia, to gain the confidence to play sport once again External funding details External Funding Details: 3 years funding from 1st Nov 2017 has been provided through Sport England's Active Ageing programme. Previous funders of the organisation have included Big Lottery, Heritage Lottery Fund & Sport Relief
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