Number of dementia friendly walks increases

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Published: Wednesday, 3rd January 2018

The number of dementia friendly walks being delivered by the Scottish Borders Walking for Health project, Walk It has increased.

There are now over 30 walks now available in the Borders’ main towns and many smaller settlements.

The project, jointly delivered by us and NHS Borders, has grown gradually over the years and is now providing the increasingly popular dementia friendly walks in Ayton, Burnmouth, Chirnside, Duns, Eyemouth, Galashiels, Innerleithen, Jedburgh, Kelso, Peebles and Selkirk.

Developed for people with dementia

Developed by qualified walk leaders, the routes take into account the particular needs of people with dementia including:

  • the practicalities of making the walks dementia friendly
  • assessing the walks for their suitability
  • undertaking risk assessments
  • providing support for the leaders in the most effective ways to engage and communicate with people living with dementia.

Walk It walks are:

  • accessible to all
  • social
  • safe
  • led by a qualified walk leader
  • free.

Councillor Tom Weatherston, Executive Member for Adult Social Care

“These walks have been carefully developed to provide an enjoyable and accessible way for people with dementia to take exercise with all the well-known benefits that this can bring.

“It is encouraging to see that the demand has resulted in more walks being made available and I hope that people will take up the opportunity to not only to enjoy the ones available in their local communities, but to also venture further afield and explore some new and different scenery.”

Peter Lerpiniere, Associate Director of Nursing for Mental Health, Learning Disability & Older People

“We are lucky in the Borders to have such beautiful countryside right on our doorstep. These walks are a great resource for encouraging people with dementia and their loved ones to enjoy spending time together while benefiting from physical activity.”

More information

You can find out more about the walks online or from the Walk It Co-ordinator on 01835 826702.