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Creating a walking pathway

Creating a Walking Pathway

We worked with Crosslet House Care Home in West Dunbartonshire and Walking for Health project Walk in the Park to offer a choice of exercise options for their residents and day service users.

Depending upon their ability, adults can choose from: 1. A Vitality programme which features indoor walking and gentle movement exercises,

2. Indoor and outdoor walking activities using strength and balance garden panels,

3. Strength and balance garden panels and joining community-based Health Walks.

Resident Bobby Darroch, aged 84, officially opened a series of eight strength and balance exercise panels. Children from Mrs Walker’s P7 class at Braehead Primary School assisted the residents with performing strength and balance exercises. The involvement of school children helped to motivate the adults and offer valuable intergenerational links with the community.

Walk in the Park have five Health Walk groups across the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Their Health Walks have Dementia Friendly status which means the Walk Leaders have been trained to provide a friendly and caring welcome for anyone living with dementia. Through the Walking Pathway programme, residents and day service users can attend the weekly Balloch Health Walk with accompanying support from staff. Joining a communitybased

Health Walk group has been very beneficial for the Crosslet House residents and day-care service users, thinks Walk in the Park, Lomond Coordinator, Fran Crumley.

She said: “Walk in the Park are thrilled to be part of the launch of the Walking Pathway programme, providing people living with dementia within our communities the opportunity to walk within the beautiful, nurturing and stimulating surroundings of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Walk in the Park and Crosslet House walk together to help improve individual physical activity levels, build confidence, self-esteem and improve each walker’s sense of well-being each week”.

Crosslet House Day Service Manager, Margaret Mary McQuade is enthusiastic that elderly adults have opportunities for supported exercise. She said: “Crosslet House Day Service have two Bench to Bench Walk groups and a number of service users regularly take part in the Health Walks. They have used West Dunbartonshire’s Heritage trails as part of their walks, learning of our rich history. As their fitness levels have improved, they have travelled to the Kelpies and taken a walk down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh”.

“Walking helps them to set new challenges, reminisce about their lives, enjoy their surroundings, and talk to other walkers.”

Residents and staff with children from Braehead Primary School