Staff and residents of Bupa care homes across the UK have this week taken a big step to help people living with dementia by holding sponsored community walking events to raise money for vital research and care.
The events which have been taking place since Monday and up to and including Sunday 29 September, are walks which have been organised in support of the Alzheimer’s Society’s Memory Walk initiative, the charity’s biggest annual fundraising event, which has been held in partnership with Bupa Care Services for the past three years.
Last year, over 160 of Bupa’s care homes organised walks, making a significant contribution to the £1.4 million raised in total by the initiative – its most successful year to date.
Siobhan Drane, Bupa Care Services’ partnerships manager, said,
“Research tells us that many older people don’t do enough physical activity and that the loss of strength and stamina related to ageing is partly caused by reduced physical activity. So, not only will these walking events help those living with dementia, but they will also benefit our residents and more mature people of the community from a health perspective.”
As well as local care home events, the care provider is also encouraging the community to take part in local walks organised by Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland.