A golf club runs a “dementia-friendly golf” facility

Seckford Golf Club in Suffolk has teamed up with aged care provider Home Place to create a monthly golf club that provides a social activity for people with dementia and their families.

The club was started by the Mayor of Woodbridge, Patrick Gillard, who took to the course in full dress to show off his swing.

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Ten elderly people with dementia came for the first session, which was described as “a resounding success”.

They were accompanied throughout the course by volunteers and experienced instructors from Seckford Golf Club, as well as care professionals from Home Place who specialize in the care of people with dementia.

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Jo McCall is manager of Home Place Ipswich.

She said: “I am delighted to be working with Seckford Golf Club to bring dementia-friendly golf to our community.

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“It will be wonderful for guests who may have played golf in the past to revisit and reminisce about their past pastime.

“It’s also a great opportunity to learn a new skill for those who haven’t played before; It’s never too late to learn!”

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Rendlesham Care Center posted on social media: ‘Today a few of our residents had the chance to take part in Dementia Golf at Seckford Hall Golf Club – Woodbridge. The event was opened by the mayor before they all left. It was great to see the residents having so much fun, enjoying carrot cake, having a drink and interacting with each other.

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“A big thank you to Home Place, Seckford Hall Golf Club and everyone involved with the organization and the golf lessons. It was such a fun afternoon.

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