Memories FC: Harnessing the Heritage of Football
Memories FC: the Football Reminiscence Knowledge Exchange Partnership is generating new research and resources to improve the health and well-being of individuals with dementia and their family and carers.
The project is using the power of football to promote reminiscence. Debbie explains that people with dementia that have lost some of their cognition and perhaps their ability to talk and perform, can lose confidence and often retract into themselves. Being able to tap into an intact memory (in this case around football) can be very affirming for people.
The project is also promoting intergenerational dementia awareness, and encouraging museum visitors, local clubs, fans and footballing communities to become more involved with people with dementia in their communities.
The project is led by Debbie Tolson from the University of the West of Scotland. The Partnership comprises academics from Glasgow Caledonian University and clinicians specialising in the healthcare of older people, experts in football & football heritage from the Scottish Football Museum, Alzheimer Scotland, a leading Scottish charity in dementia care, the European Former Players Association (EFPA), University of West of Scotland and University of St. Louis
This project was funded under the AHRC / Scottish Funding Council Knowledge Exchange Programme, ‘A Healthier Scotland’. The exciting programme consists of six knowledge exchange projects in the field of health and the environment. Collectively and individually the projects contribute strategically to the Scottish Government’s national objective for a Healthier Scotland.