Fight dementia

Gardeners' World - - Garden More & Feel Better -

Grow­ing scented and tex­tured plants, in­stalling raised ‘grow­ing ta­bles’

WHY Dementia suf­fer­ers stay calmer in a wellde­signed gar­den. “De­sign can in­still iden­tity dur­ing times of cri­sis,” says ther­a­peu­tic gar­dens de­signer David Kamp. The gar­den he cre­ated at Tre­varna House in Corn­wall fea­tures year-round, multi-sen­sory plant­ing, and ‘mem­ory plants’ – res­i­dents’ favourites that jog their mem­o­ries. Ag­gres­sive out­bursts re­duce by 19% in care homes with gar­dens, and just be­ing out­side helps Alzheimer’s suf­fer­ers sleep bet­ter at night. Gar­den­ing may even ease dementia: mem­ory loss in pa­tients with Alzheimer’s has been shown to slow af­ter gar­den­ing.

DID YOU KNOW? There are 850,000 in the UK with dementia, likely to rise to more than one mil­lion by 2025.

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