Playing the long game: Exploring the phenomenon of dementia-friendly golf

Dementia (London). 2021 Nov;20(8):2867-2875. doi: 10.1177/14713012211019498. Epub 2021 May 14.


As individuals age, participation in previously accessible leisure activities can be compromised through diminished capabilities and negative societal expectations. This study investigates the unexplored accessibility of golf for older people with dementia using interviews and observations of Scottish participants in social enterprise-led golfing activities. The resulting thematic analysis concluded that golf is an accessible activity for people living with dementia, and continued participation generates social connectedness and enhances well-being. However, there remain social barriers to participation including societal stigma surrounding the perceived abilities of people living with dementia and the perception of golf as a middle-class and male-dominated sport.

Keywords: activity; carers; dementia; golf; qualitative study; social enterprise.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Caregivers
  • Dementia*
  • Golf*
  • Humans
  • Leisure Activities
  • Male
  • Social Stigma