Local leisure centres set to launch free swimming for people with dementia

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Published on 10 May 2023
Archived on 10 June 2023

Leisure centres in the Stratford-on-Avon District are offering free swimming for those living with dementia and their carers, during Dementia Action Week, 15th - 21st May 2023.

Dementia Action Week 2023

Stratford Leisure Centre, Southam Leisure Centre, Shipston Leisure Centre and Studley Leisure Centre, run by award-winning operator Everyone Active in partnership with Stratford District Council, are all taking part in the initiative.

More than 920,000 people in the UK are living with dementia, with symptoms including the loss of cognitive functioning - thinking, remembering, and reasoning - to such an extent that it interferes with a person's daily life and activities.

Research shows that low-impact exercise can be beneficial, not only for physical health but for mental health too, and can improve the quality of life for people in all stages of dementia.

Swimming, in particular, has the added benefits of reducing anxiety, improving mood and enhancing psychological wellbeing.

Those with underlying health conditions such as heart problems, diabetes or breathing issues should contact their GP before starting any new activity.

Dementia Action Week - Selected Swim Sessions 

Those living with dementia and their carers will be able to access for free during the week 15th - 21st May.

Monday              15:00    Adult Swimming
Tuesday              09:00    Senior Swimming
Wednesday       15:00    Adult Swimming
Friday                  15:00    Adult Swimming

Tuesday              09:00    Adult Swimming
Thursday            14:00    Public Swimming

Monday              14:30    Public Swimming
Wednesday       15:00    Public Swimming
Thursday            15:00    Public Swimming

Wednesday       09:00    Senior Swimming
Friday                  14:30    Public Swimming

Contact details

Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire,
CV37 6HX
Tel: 01789 267575

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Last updated on 10/05/2023