Good for the mem­ory

Gardeners' World - - Gardening For All -

Gar­dens that stim­u­late the senses (see p41 for ways to cre­ate a sen­sory gar­den) can help to prompt me­mories, which can ben­e­fit de­men­tia suf­fer­ers. In­cor­po­rat­ing scented plants, plants that rus­tle – such as grasses – and feath­ery plants that in­vite touch­ing are ben­e­fi­cial. Grow­ing veg­eta­bles and herbs for the kitchen is also sat­is­fy­ing. Cir­cu­lar or fig­ure-of-eight paths can help de­men­tia suf­fer­ers nav­i­gate the gar­den with­out com­ing to a dead end, ac­cord­ing to Colten Care, which op­er­ates four de­men­tia-spe­cific care homes with gar­dens. For more, visit alzheimers.org.uk

Plants that are good to touch, hear or smell stim­u­late heal­ing senses

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