The origins ofsports reminiscence
Reminiscence – recollections o memories rom the past –has been used or a long time in various ways with peoplewith dementia. It has been proved that encouraging theact o reminiscence can be highly benefcial to their innersel and their interpersonal skills. During recent studies,however, it was noted that much o the reminiscence workbeing undertaken in care environments and day centreswas generic, with seemingly little attempt to build on anddevelop personalised memories.
Men in general were less keen onthis orm o general group work asthese oten covered topics in whichthey had little interest. While visitingcare environments and day centres,one o our Directors discovered asignifcant change in interest levels andconcentration when the topic coveredwas ootball. Men with a diagnosiso dementia responded to the stimuluso photos and ootball memorabilia,and the recall o past teams, matchesand players was remarkable. Detailedevaluation carried out by GlasgowCaledonian University ound that theproject was hugely benefcial andshould be developed across Scotland.This led to the establishment othe Football Reminiscence Projectin Scotland, a partnership involvingthe Scottish Football Museum andAlzheimer Scotland. This project isnow run and acilitated by theSporting Memories Network.Our aim is to build on this learning.By working with a number o keystrategic partners we are creatinga sporting resource ocused onpromoting and developing well-beingamongst sports enthusiasts – not just those experiencing dementia –across the globe.www.sportingmemoriesnetwork.com