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Memory walks at Elstree care homes for Alzheimer's Society
Members of the public are being urged to take a big step forward to help people with dementia.
Staff and residents at two Bupa care homes in Elstree will join members of the public to walk in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.
The first Memory Walk, which is the charity’s biggest annual fundraising event, will take place at Hill House Care Centre on Elstree Hill South on Monday, September 23.
During the event, which runs from 11am until 4.30pm, there will be an art exhibition at the newly refurbished care home.
The second walk, which will take place on 27 September at Elstree Lawns on Barnet Lane, will be followed by a 1950s style tea dance.
This is the third time Bupa has teamed up with the Alzheimer’s Society to take part in the walks.
Last year, over 160 of its care homes organised walks, making a significant contribution to the £1.4 million raised in total by the initiative.
Care home manager at Elstree Lawns, Russell Sharp, said: “We are all in the process of getting our walking boots and sticks at the ready.
“Memory Walk is a worthy cause for our local people to get involved with and I’m sure everyone, no matter what their age, will have a great time at these fun, social events.
“We hope as many people as possible will join us to take part.”
Bupa Care Services’ partnerships manager Siobhan Drane 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."
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