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.