By 2021 it is estimated over 14,000 people in Lincolnshire will have dementia.
Gardening can help people living with dementia by providing links to old memories and stimulating brain function (including fine motor skills and communication). It can also provide opportunities for relaxation, socialising and keeping fit.
In 2015 we were commissioned by Public Health Lincolnshire to develop a resource guide and training course for dementia friendly gardening aimed at care staff and family members of people living with dementia. We were the subsequently funded by the Lincolnshire Dementia Support Network to deliver a programme of adapted gardening activities for people living with dementia. We rolled the training course and activity sessions out across the county working with care homes, dementia support groups, other charities, district councils, the county council and mental health services. Over the two-year duration of our dementia projects we engaged with 413 people- carers, staff, family and people living with dementia.
Feedback from participants living with dementia showed that 96% felt that the gardening activities had helped them to feel better in themselves.
Please contact us if you would like a copy of the Gardening for the Brain- handbook and resource guide.