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Pedal Powered Fun for People living with Young Onset Dementia

Pedal Powered Fun for People living with Young Onset Dementia

Bike and Banter

As part of Dementia Action Week, Dementia Oxfordshire’s Young Onset Dementia Team welcomed 20 people from across the county to take part in a morning of pedal power at the Horspath Athletics and Sports Ground in Oxford.

Experts from CyclAbility, a not-for-profit community interest company, were also on hand to offer training to the group, helping the participants to stay safe on their bikes.

Young Onset Dementia Adviser Lisa Inglis said: “When someone has a diagnosis of young onset dementia, they often think that they have to give up some of the things they really enjoy, but often that’s not the case.

“Cycling is such a big part of Oxford’s culture, and many of the people we support have enjoyed cycling for many years. CyclAbility’s expertise in making cycling safe and enjoyable in a managed environment is absolutely key, and we’re delighted to be working alongside them.”

Her colleague Liz Rose added: “Cycling is not only a great way to keep active, it also gives people living with young onset dementia a sense of independence.”

Other events and support

Bike and Banter is just one of many events run by our Young Onset Dementia team. These include regular meet-ups in the pub, a walking group, outdoor games and an online support group for families. You can find out more about the service we offer here

Around 70,000 people nationally have a diagnosis of young onset dementia, defined as dementia that’s diagnosed in someone who is under 65.  As well as organising events, Dementia Oxfordshire’s Young Onset Dementia Advisers offer ongoing practical and emotional support and guidance not just about dementia, but also around financial and legal matters, employment, benefits and planning for the future.

To find out more about CyclAbility, see www.cyclability.org

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