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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.

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