Good LIVES MAGAZINE
A golf group for women living with younger onset dementia is leading to new friendships and changing lives for the better. The Swing Fit Ladies’ Golf Group meets each week for sessions with PGA Academy Coach Anne Marie Knight. Anne Marie says the program has turned lives around for the group, who are all under the age of 65. “Anyone can participate in golf because it’s not too physically demanding,” she says. “You don’t have to be a champion golfer; it’s about enjoyment and social stimulation.” Group member Lee Martin, who was diagnosed with dementia two years ago at the
age of 57, says she has loved being part of the group. “I hadn’t played golf for years but it didn’t matter,” she says.
“We all have so much fun; we don’t take ourselves seriously, and we’re all really good mates.”
Swing Fit is part of ACH Group’s Tailor Made Project, established in 2015 as a new respite model for younger people living with dementia, their families and carers. The project has also supported photography, walking and computing groups. Under the project, Lee takes part in weekly lawn bowls and art classes and accesses NDIS funds to help with costs associated with having her King Charles Cavalier TK trained as an assistance dog.
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ACH Group offers free NDIS pre-planning. Call 1300 22 44 77 to find out more.