Alzheimer Scotland Reminiscence Networks (ASRN) were set up to support people living with and affected by dementia through participation in therapeutic intervention-based groups. Originally set up as Football Memories, it soon became obvious there was demand for similar projects but with a focus on different sports and interests.
ASRN now holds therapeutic sessions for football, rugby, shinty, cricket, golf and movie memories. Images from the period 1945 to 1980 are used during regular group meetings to stimulate shared and personal memories, whilst the use of ‘club’ names, ties and sweatshirts creates a valuable sense of belonging.
RPF currently supports ASRN through promotion and involvement on social media, helping to raise awareness of, in particular, Rugby Memories. The creation of the Museum of International Rugby at Raeburn Place will provide a home for a new Rugby Memories club and could provide a hub for various other Memories groups within the Reminiscence Networks.
To learn more about the various Sporting Memories clubs, please visit the Alzheimer Scotland website.