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MONDAY MINDSET: Rewatching old football matches could help dementia and mental health

Publication date: July 9, 2018 Author: Jenna Rachid

Rewatching old football matches could help dementia and mental health

Health experts say that watching old football matches can help your mental health.

Research shows that sport can revive emotional memories, potentially strengthening brain activity, The Independent reports.

In the article, the newspaper says emotional memory can be more powerful than memory for personal events, and reliving exciting or tense memories can stimulate brain activity.

Professor Burns, who is the NHS England’s clinical director for dementia, said: ‘Although fans may not feel it this week, football can be good for your nerves … For people in old age and dealing with dementia, re-watching matches can rekindle past memories, connect people with their past and keep the brain active.’

It is estimated that 850,000 people live with dementia and over half of people aged 55+ experience common mental health problems.

According to a report by the Mental Health Foundation, there is little research on the relationship between mental health issues and dementia when present together. But the symptoms of depression and dementia are very similar and include withdrawal from social activities.

Tony Jameson-Allen, the co-founder of the Sporting Memories Foundation, an organisation that helps individuals facing dementia, depression and loneliness, said: ‘Every week we witness the positive impact recalling golden moments of great sporting moments has on the physical and mental wellbeing of our group members, many of whom live with dementia.’

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Tower Hamlets mental health nurses win nursing prize

Tower Hamlets mental health nurses have won a prestigious national nursing award.

The Docklands & East London Advertiser reported that Hannah Bjorkstrand, Nasima Begum and Naz Islam received the RCNi Commitment to Carers award for their ‘outstanding’ work setting up a hub for carers.

The nurses who work for the borough’s Primary Care Mental Health Service were recognised at a star-studded event in central London last week.

Winner Nasima said: ‘We know the difference we’ve made as a team, but there is so much fantastic nursing working being done out there, so it’s such an honour to be recognised.

‘I hope the hard work continues and we can develop bigger things for carers, not just in my borough, but further afield.’

RCNi, a subsidiary of the Royal College of Nursing, says the award recognises health care professionals who ‘go above and beyond to save lives.’

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