‘Magical’ memories day

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A US academic expert on dementia work has revisited the Carnoustie Memories group while attending an international conference.

On Tuesday, Professor Michael Ego of the University of Connecticut followed up his 2014 visit to see how work in golfing memories and football action groups for dementia sufferers has progressed.

Prof. Ego came to Scotland in 2014 after discovering online the pioneering work being done in Scotland. He visited a Football Memories Group at Arbroath Library and Carnoustie’s Championship Golf Course, with an aim to applying their system using baseball. Today (Friday) he is attending an international conference at Hampden, hosted by the University of Edinburgh, where he will present his findings.

Prof. Ego was accompanied on his trip by Michael White, Football Memories manager for Alzheimer’s Scotland. They saw the football and golf groups in action, including gentle exercise, a talk by former Hearts player Donald Ford and spoke with volunteers.

Prof. Ego said: “I wish that we could replicate back home in America what is in place here in Carnoustie. I felt that what I’ve experienced here was ground-breaking and unquestionably both enjoyed by, and beneficial to, all those who participate.”

Michael added: “What a day that was! We were completely blown away by the impressive range of support and warmth of welcome shown by Carnoustie Golf Links and equally so from all others that we encountered on this very full and rewarding day. Both Professor Ego and I found the day to be magical and we departed from Carnoustie buzzing with inspirational ideas and very positive comments.”