Sporting memories & the social inclusion of older people experiencing mental health problems

Michael Clark, Charlie Murphy, Tony Jameson-Allen, Chris Wilkins
<span title="2015-11-09">2015</span> <i title="Emerald"> <a target="_blank" rel="noopener" href="" style="color: black;">Mental Health and Social Inclusion</a> </i> &nbsp;
Purpose -Social exclusion and isolation of older people and their mental health are likely to be more significant, interlinked issues for society as we experience a changing demographic profile. We urgently need to identify effective ways of addressing these challenges that can be easily mobilised to meet diverse needs in different settings. This paper explores the impact of sporting memories work as one approach to help meet this need. Design/methodology/approach -The article sets out the
more &raquo; ... ing memories idea and discusses lessons learnt from case studies of its application to meet the inclusion and mental health needs of different older people in institutional and community settings. Findings -The evidence from the application of sporting memories work to date is that it is an effective and flexible means of engaging people to improve their social inclusion and mental wellbeing. It can be readily deployed in various care and community settings. Research limitations -The evidence to date is of case studies of the use of sporting memories work, and, although these are now extensive case studies, further research is needed on the costs and impacts of sporting memories work. Practical implications -Sporting memories work is a flexible and readily adoptable intervention to engage older people and help improve their social inclusion and mental wellbeing. Social implications -Sporting memories work can be an important part of meeting some of the challenges society faces with an ageing population profile. Originality/value -This is the first paper to set out the sporting memories work.
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