Rugby memories initiative aims to tackle dementia

An innovative scheme aimed at improving the lives of 
followers of rugby in East 
Dunbartonshire with 
dementia has been launched.

The West of Scotland FC in Milngavie, is taking part in Rugby Memories – based on the ground-breaking work of Alzheimer Scotland’s Football Memories project.

The pioneering scheme will use decades-old photos, newspaper cuttings and memorabilia to trigger 
recollections from the past in former players and fans 
affected by the condition.

It is hoped the project will bring together present and past members.

It will use a reminiscence approach to connect older members, especially those living with dementia, to the rugby community, providing important friendships, positive associations and 
practical respite for carers.

Trials previously piloted by Alzheimer Scotland have had remarkable success, with improved communication, social behaviour and memory function.

The project is being supported by East Dunbartonshire Council and its partners in the Dementia Network.

Councillor Michael O’Donnell, who is the Convenor of Social Work, said, “Dementia affects an estimated 2,020 people in East Dunbartonshire and the prevalence 
of the illness is set to double within the next 25 years.”