ALZHEIMER’S Australia Gosnells’ branch was given the chance to indulge their artistic side and green thumb tendencies at a special workshop last week.
The mosaics and pot plants workshop at the Addie Mills Senior Citizen’s Centres allowed the residents to create their own pieces or brush up on their gardening knowledge.
Alzheimer’s Australia WA chief executive Rhonda Parker said the organisation was always eager to help their members find activities which could prove therapeutic.
“We look for activities that enable people living with dementia and their carers do things they love, engage them with each other and the community, and empower them to do things for themselves, and this is so important to their health and wellbeing,” she said. “Gardening is considered naturally therapeutic and it had a hugely positive effect on our clients.
“Mosaics was really fun and creative and was an activity that also allowed us to enable, engage and empower people living with dementia, it was new learning for many and they loved it.”
She also praised Bunnings Warehouse Maddington staff members for volunteering to assist with the workshop.
“We rang Bunnings to see if they could donate supplies for our activities. They went so much further, donating the people, the supplies and everything. They have been fantastic in helping people in their communities with dementia.”
Alzheimer’s Australia Gosnells members work on pots.