John has been social his entire life and this often involved playing a round of golf with clients and business associates when he worked in the travel industry.
“When I worked in travel being social was important and I have always enjoyed a day of golfing with clients and friends,” John said.
“I was never a good player then and I am still not a good player now, but one of the reasons I love golf is that you can still have a great time even when you don’t play well.”
About four years ago John was diagnosed with young-onset dementia and his life changed. What didn’t change was the fact that John still enjoys being social and active. It was then when Dementia Australia suggested he continue his hobby by joining ACH Group’s NDIS Golf Group.
John joins a group of men, aged between 40-65 years old, who meet weekly at West Beach for a round of golf with friends, followed by a chance to catch up for a coffee and a chat afterwards.
“I like that we come together as a group and simply care for each other. We come from all walks of life and have our challenges, but when we are at the golf course, we feel happy and safe,” John said.
He added that since joining the group, he has experienced physical and mental benefits from the activity.
“It is great to be out on the golf course; it keeps your body active, and it is a great exercise for the body and the mind. Having to concentrate to hit the ball has been good for me as well.”
The group is treated to a professional golf coaching session every four weeks.
“The coaching sessions are really good, but I must admit my skills have not improved much. I think I am always too busy being social and having a good time,” John said.
ACH Group Social Links Planner, Luisa Greco, said the group is in high demand and there is also a group for women.
“The women are a lot more competitive than the men! The men are more interested in socialising, but the women are interested in the win,” Luisa said.
Interested in learning more?
This group is suited for beginner to intermediate level golfers. Each eight-week term includes a professional golf lesson. This group is for those aged between 40-65 years old, held at West Beach.
To find out about this group and experiences ACH Group offers through the NDIS visit achgroup.org.au/ndis-support