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VIDEO: Fighting Alzheimer’s with football memories

There are some sporting moments you can never forget.

It might have been your team lifting the trophy, scoring a goal in the game’s dying minutes or even an important win over derby rivals.

But for some these memories are forgotten due to cognitive deterioration from Alzheimer’s and dementia.

One group trying to rekindle these cherished past times is the Football Memories project led by Alzheimer Scotland.

The initiative, now in its 10th year, give users a chance to relive their team’s finest hours, discuss favourite moments with others and even sometimes meet club legends.

Originally just four groups, including one at Aberdeen, the programme has now expanded with around 300 sessions taking place across the United Kingdom each week.

The Press and Journal takes a look at the discussions held in those meetings and explores the cognitive healing of sport.

Get in touch

Sessions run at Aberdeen Football Club on Monday’s between 2pm and 4pm.

People can be referred to the programme by getting in touch with the Dementia Resource Centre on King Street, Aberdeen, where taster sessions are available.

To get more information call 01224 644 077 or email Lesley Gray on lgray@alzscot.org.

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