As Carers NT’s Sensory Garden nears completion – here are the benefits of the Dementia friendly Garden

Dementia-friendly gardens can deliver physical, emotional and psychological benefits for people living with dementia, with fine motor skills encouraged, memories stimulated and cognition improved. For carers, they can be a peaceful place of respite.
Peter Swindell, a Dementia Australia Dementia Advocate, he has been the driving force behind the development of a dementia-friendly garden at his local aged care facility. He was supported by Dementia Advocate, Keith Davies, whose wife Bev lives in the aged care facility.
Inspired by the Dementia Australia gardens in Sydney and Port Macquarie, and information from the Dementia Australia library, Peter and Keith worked with the aged care provider to create a garden that is used daily and benefits people living with dementia, their families and carers. They placed pots and garden beds full of fragrant plants, at an appropriate height for people with reduced mobility.
Thank you Peter and Keith for making a dementia-friendly garden for your community.
If you are a person living with dementia, a family member, carer or aged care employee, find out more by contacting us on 1800 100 500 or visit our National Dementia Library.

Maree McCabe – Dementia Australia