The PFA and Sporting Memories have jointly produced a practical guide to living with dementia for people who have received a diagnosis and for their relatives/carers.
The PFA is and always has been committed to a duty of care for all past, current and future members and has lobbied the football authorities to join with us on all aspects of health and safety in the game.
The regulations in place for concussion and heart screening are testimony to this. Neurological problems in later life – which may be connected to concussion, head injuries and heading the ball – have been on our agenda for the last 20 years.
Following previous inconclusive research findings, we are now working with the support of the FA to establish a robust, comprehensive research strategy that will help determine whether the incidence of degenerative neurocognitive disease is more common in former professional footballers than in the general population.
The guide below has been produced to help members who have received a diagnosis of dementia – either of a family member or themselves. It has been designed to give some useful information on the disease, practical first steps and tips on living day to day with dementia.
Produced in association with the Sporting Memories Foundation, it has been found that recalling sporting events and sports people and looking back through photo albums and memorabilia can stimulate memory,keeping people connected and promoting conversation.
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Click here to download the guide.
If any members or their loved ones are looking for support, please call the PFA on 0161 236 0575.
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