Book offers tips to make your garden dementia-friendly - The Evesham Observer

Book offers tips to make your garden dementia-friendly

Evesham Editorial 20th Oct, 2022   0

THE University of Worcester’s Association for Dementia Studies has launched a free resource to help people make their gardens dementia-friendly.

The booklet is aimed at helping people living with dementia who want to stay at home and enjoy their outside space.

Dr Shirley Evans, interim director of the Association for Dementia Studies, said: “Connecting with and being in nature is good for everyone.

“Many research studies have demonstrated the importance of being outside to the wellbeing of people living with dementia. Access to fresh air, sunshine and natural light are important for wellbeing as well as helping to maintain body clocks and vitamin D levels. Gardens can provide a range of interest and activity as well as pleasant places to sit and enjoy nature.”

The booklet, ‘Making your garden dementia-friendly’, is based on research evidence and the personal experience of people living with dementia, their carers and families. It is designed to be practical, describing some of the ways in which gardens can be safely enjoyed both from indoors and outside.

The booklet recognises that looking after a garden takes time and that carers, families and friends can play an important part.

It is divided into sections which give an explanation of why the topic is important and lists some practical, quick and easy things that can be done to make your garden or outside space more dementia-friendly. The action points for each section are listed in the checklists provided at the end of the booklet.

‘Making your garden dementia-friendly’ has been designed as a companion to the Alzheimer’s Society booklet

Making your home Dementia Friendly. It can be downloaded for free at

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