Walking brings benefits to people with dementia

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Paths for All's new project will support people with dementia and their carers to benefit from walking and physical activity.

happy walkers 300Paths for All have recently started a three year project funded by The Life Changes Trust, to develop our existing walking networks to be dementia friendly. We know that everyday walking brings benefits to the health and wellbeing of everyone, everywhere. Research also tells us that walking can benefit people living with dementia and can include social, mental, and physical health improvements, which can ultimately be life enhancing. 

Alzheimer's Society have put together an excellent guide which explains why keeping physically active is important for people with dementia, you can download it here. The Alzheimer Society list the following benefits which physical activity may bring for people with dementia:  

  • improving the health of the heart and blood vessels, which can reduce the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease
  • reducing the risk of some types of cancer (particularly breast and colon cancer), stroke and type 2 diabetes
  • improving physical fitness – maintaining strong muscles and flexible joints can help people maintain independence for longer
  • improving the ability to dress, clean, cook and perform other daily activities (as these may be performed more effectively if someone is fitter or more supple) 
  • helping to keep bones strong and reducing the risk of osteoporosis (a disease that affects the bones, making them weak and more likely to break)
  • improving cognition – recent studies have shown that exercise may improve memory and slow down mental decline
  • improving sleep
  • providing opportunities for social interaction and reducing the feeling of isolation
  • reducing the risk of falls by improving strength and balance
  • improving confidence
  • increasing self-esteem
  • improving mood

We'd like to hear from you


If you have been involved in a project that has supported people living with dementia, have an idea to share, or would like more information about our dementia friendly walking project, please get in touch with us by email.

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