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Mayor to launch Dementia Walking Group at Abney Court

March 7 2017

Abney Court will be joined by the Mayor of Stockport to celebrate the launch of its Dementia Walking Group.

To mark the official launch, guest of honour, the Mayor of Stockport, Councillor Chris Gordon, will join the team at Abney Court for the group’s first walk.

The Walking Group has been launched in partnership with Stockport Health Walks and will support local people living with dementia and their careers to get involved in gentle exercise, it will run fortnightly, with the route being wheelchair friendly.

Local people in Cheadle and surrounding areas, are invited to take part in the free walk which will start at 11.30am at Abney Court in Abney Hall Park, and will take a 30-minute route around the grounds of Abney Hall Park

Places are limited so booking is essential, to reserve your free place please contact the team on 07800 618575 or email pamela.wilson@careuk.com.

The care home recently donated £1,500 to the Friends of Abney Hall Park to assist in maintaining and preserving the park pathways. The park has over 200 acres of natural woodland and is a popular destination for the local community. The historic grounds of the park will be the back drop to every walk.

Tracy Mitchell, home manager at Abney Court, said: “We are really excited to be launching a Dementia Walking Group at Abney Court.  We advocate ‘activity based care’ and encourage residents to get involved in different activities to help lead as independent lives as possible, it’s great that we are now able to extend this to the wider community. 

“Walking is a great activity for those living with dementia, not only is it a great way to keep fit, but it also improves sleep, self-esteem and mood. Anecdotal feedback suggests outdoor activities can even bring back memories to give those living with dementia moments of calm and clarity.”

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