Fore! Streamway golf program combines fun with physical and cognitive benefits

Some of our residents were regular golfers, so they enjoy a good golfing afternoon’

Summer may be over, but Streamway Villa residents are still getting the occasional round of golf in at the Cobourg, Ont. long-term care home.

An activity that merges fun with therapeutic recreation, the golf program led by the Streamway Villa life enrichment team is held regularly in the home’s courtyard.

As part of the program, team members set up a strip of green turf with a hole at the end. Residents take turns stepping up to the “tee box” with a putter and try to putt the ball – which is larger than a regulation-size golf ball – into the hole.

Laurie Kracht, Streamway Villa’s life enrichment co-ordinator, says the activity is a fan favourite amongst residents and the program has a strong turnout when it’s offered.

She credits this to the fact many people enjoy playing golf.

“Some of our residents were regular golfers, so they enjoy a good golfing afternoon,” she tells The OMNIway.

Aside from the fun residents have playing on the Streamway Villa “golf course,” the activity also harnesses important cognitive and physical benefits, Laurie notes.

“(Golfing) brings back memories, it works on hand-eye co-ordination, it works on balance, and it brings out the competition in everyone,” she says.

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