Comment

23.09.19

NHS England dementia director prescribes rugby for mental health and dementia patients

Reason to celebrate as NHS says watching rugby can be good for your mental health and wellbeing.

As the best rugby players in the world represent their nations in Japan, you no longer have to feel bad about sitting on the couch, glued to the TV, watching the rugby world cup for hours on end.

In fact, England’s top dementia doctor has recommended it, particularly for older sports fans suffering from dementia. The nail-biting showdowns can be an effective tool to stimulate brain activity and trigger memories.

Watching sports with others also offered patients value as a way to socialise.

NHS England’s director for dementia and older people’s mental health, Alistair Burns, said: “For people in old age and those living with dementia, memorable sporting events provide a connection with the past, prompt conversations and improve health.”

“Watching classic games and reliving tense moments can stimulate powerful emotional memories which can be revived many years after the events and strengthen brain activity.”

“Helping people live well into old age and manage with dementia are key parts of the NHS Long Term Plan and with the NHS diagnosing a record number of older people with dementia this year, it’s vital we all do what we can to keep our brain active and social networks alive.”

Burns is working with charity, Sporting Memories, which helps older people recall memories of watching or playing sport. The two are encouraging older sports fans to recall historic sporting matches as a way to aid their memories.

Sporting Memories’ co-founder Tony Jameson-Allen said: “We’re delighted to see Professor Burns and NHS England covering this topic at the start of another major sporting event.”

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

national health executive tv

more videos >

latest healthcare news

NHS supported resources launched to help older generations use digital

18/10/2019NHS supported resources launched to help older generations use digital

As we celebrate the twelfth annual Get Online Week, the largest digital inclusion campaign in the UK, the Good Things Foundation have published a... more >
NHS Confederation responds to proposed Brexit deal.

18/10/2019NHS Confederation responds to proposed Brexit deal.

Boris Johnson’s proposed Brexit deal that emerged this week has been met with mixed feelings, but NHS Confederation has today (Oct 18) stat... more >
RSPH want you to ‘look after your self-ie’ with launch of online resource

18/10/2019RSPH want you to ‘look after your self-ie’ with launch of online resource

Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) had launched a free online e-learning resource called ‘Looking after your self-ie’ as a contin... more >

681 149x260 NHE Subscribe button

the scalpel's daily blog

Providers are delivering – and here’s how

09/10/2019Providers are delivering – and here’s how

It has been a challenging few years for healthcare providers, yet they have continued to deliver high quality care despite the conditions. Adam Brimelow, director of communications at NHS Providers, outlines just how providers are managing to deliver despite the financial squeeze.   It is inevitable that the NHS’ funding settlement and the Long Term Plan will heighten expectations of what the health service can be ... more >
read more blog posts from 'the scalpel' >

interviews

NHS dreams come true for Teesside domestic

17/09/2019NHS dreams come true for Teesside domestic

Over 20 years ago, a Teesside hospital cleaner put down her mop and took steps towards her midwifery dreams. Lisa Payne has been delivering ... more >
How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to surging demand burdening acute health providers over the winter months,... more >
RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

24/10/2018RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

The president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has told NHE that the college’s new headquarters based in Liverpool will become a hu... more >
Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

24/01/2018Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

The NHS plays a part in the country’s wellness – but it’s far from being all that matters. Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Pu... more >

last word

Haseeb Ahmad: ‘We all have a role to play in getting innovations quicker’

Haseeb Ahmad: ‘We all have a role to play in getting innovations quicker’

Haseeb Ahmad, president of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), sits down with National Health Executive as part of our Last Word Q&A series. Would you talk us th... more > more last word articles >

editor's comment

25/09/2017A hotbed of innovation

This edition of NHE comes hot on the heels of this year’s NHS Expo which, once again, proved to be a huge success at Manchester Central. A number of announcements were made during the event, with the health secretary naming the second wave of NHS digital pioneers, or ‘fast followers’, which follow the initial global digital e... read more >

health service focus

NHS Confederation responds to proposed Brexit deal.

18/10/2019NHS Confederation responds to proposed Brexit deal.

Boris Johnson’s proposed Brexit deal th... more >
RSPH want you to ‘look after your self-ie’ with launch of online resource

18/10/2019RSPH want you to ‘look after your self-ie’ with launch of online resource

Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) had la... more >