Swim England developed the Dementia Friendly Swimming project to enhance the swimming experience of those living with dementia and their carers, by improving facilities and removing barriers. There are 800,000 people with dementia in England, and research shows that low impact exercise can be beneficial for physical and mental health, and can improve the quality of life for people in all stages of dementia. Swimming in particular has the added benefits of reducing anxiety, improving mood and enhancing psychological well being.

Swim England recently published the findings of their project, along with a website for people and organisations interested in developing dementia friendly swimming sessions at their own centres. You can download the report by clicking the images below, or visit the website at www.swimming.org/dementiafriendly.