De­men­tia-friendly gar­den to be un­veiled in Arklow

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ARKLOW’S new­est com­mu­nity at­trac­tion will be of­fi­cially opened on Fri­day, Au­gust 10.

‘Mo­ments in Time’ is a De­men­tia friendly space orig­i­nally cre­ated as part of the Bloom Fes­ti­val ear­lier this year. Af­ter much dis­cus­sion, it was de­cided that the gar­den would be­come a tem­plate for a per­ma­nent fix­ture in a cho­sen town and Arklow was picked as the ideal lo­ca­tion.

The gar­den is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Balt­in­glass-based land­scape gar­den com­pany New­town Saun­ders Ltd; a univer­sity re­search cen­tre, Trin­i­tyHaus; and a de­men­tia train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion, Sonas apc.

It is a gen­tle space that fa­cil­i­tates un­der­stand­ing, to­geth­er­ness and con­nec­tion with na­ture, draw­ing on a strong ev­i­dence-base of de­men­tia-friendly de­sign and the lived ex­pe­ri­ence of de­men­tia.

It fea­tures a short multi-sen­sory walk lead­ing to a cen­tral seat­ing area and a gallery in­stal­la­tion com­pris­ing pho­to­graphs that de­pict fam­ily, so­cial roles and com­mu­nity as a re­minder of the rich­ness of hu­man life and the many mem­o­ries and skills that a per­son re­tains, de­spite de­men­tia.

Min­is­ter Si­mon Har­ris will of­fi­cially open the gar­den at Seav­iew Av­enue at 12.30 p.m. and all are wel­come to at­tend.

ABOVE: The Mo­ments In Time: De­men­tia-Friendly Gar­den at Bloom in June

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