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Gardens ‘can offer therapeutic benefits for dementia’

15th July 2014

Gardens in care homes can offer measurable therapeutic benefits for patients suffering from dementia, according to a new review of existing research.

Conducted by the University of Exeter, the study critically reviewed the findings from 17 different pieces of research, finding that outdoor spaces are environments that promote relaxation, encourage activity and reduce agitation among dementia sufferers.

Moreover, gardens can offer welcome spaces for interactions with visitors, helping to stimulate memories for dementia patients, while also providing wellbeing opportunities for families and staff.

To achieve the greatest benefit, further work needs to be put into understanding possible hazards that gardens might pose to residents, while ensuring staff have the time they need to let residents fully enjoy the outdoor spaces.

Lead researcher Rebecca Whear said: "They not only present an opportunity to relax in a calming setting, but also to remember skills and habits that have brought enjoyment in the past."

Finding new ways of treating dementia is a key NHS priority at the moment, due to the fact the condition is becoming increasingly prevalent as the population ages.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801735446-ADNFCR

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