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Football Memories – 21st March 2016

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Football Memories – 21st March 2016
The latest session of the Football Memories project was held at the stadium today.
The members today looked back on football throughout the years as well as getting into a discussion about cars – talking about the first car they had and the worst and favourite cars they ever owned.
The session was rounded off with a game of walk football in the Carbrini@JD Airdome.

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Football Memories is a unique partnership between Alzheimer Scotland and the Scottish Football Museum that aims to improve the lives of people with dementia and memory difficulties through the power of football.
There are approximately 90,000 people with dementia in Scotland, the equivalent of every spectator on an average Scottish football weekend. Thousands of people with dementia loved their football and still do! Alzheimer Scotland’s Football Memories project aims to harnesses that passion for the game to help improve their lives.
Football Memories sessions last approximately 90 minutues, with refreshments at half time usually consisting of traditional pies and Bovril! Sessions are led by trained volunteers who utilise football reminiscence materials provided by the Scottish Football Museum, to guide conversations and spark memories of favourite games, players and pre and post-match rituals, amongst many more.
Reminiscence work is so powerful and especially so, for people with dementia. Often, dementia affects our short term memory most, with long term memory remaining intact for much longer and by talking about things that happened several years ago it is much easier for people with dementia to be included and involved in conversations, this is what we do in our Football Memories groups.
In partnership with St Mirren in the Community, the Football Memories project has started in the Renfrewshire area, at St Mirren Football Club, with some help from Alzheimer Scotland and a group of experienced Football Memories volunteers. This is taking Football Memories to a new level by having sessions actually taking place at St Mirren Park, with views onto the pitch and literally being surrounded by football! We believe that this will really help spark memories and conversations and open up a whole host of additional possibilities, simply not available at other Football Memories groups, such as walking around the stadium, having current and ex-players/managers visit and spend time with the group and even the possibility of some complimentary tickets to St Mirren home games. We believe that this has real potential to make a big difference to the lives of football fans that have a diagnosis of dementia, living in the Renfrewshire area.
The group is run by volunteers and is aimed specifically at people who are in the earlier stages of dementia. Attendees will be responsible for their own transport to and from any sessions.
Sessions will usually run on the last Monday of the month – 1:00pm-2:30pm.
If you are interested in taking part, or know someone who might be or are simply looking for further information about the project, please contact Iain Houston at Alzheimer Scotland on (0141) 887-1289 or alternatively Ross Paterson at St Mirren Football Club on 07702 287 693.