Understanding dementia to make green spaces more accessible

News item first posted on: 26/09/23

Did you know that dementia doesn't necessarily only affect memory?

Dementia can bring a whole host of sensory changes that may affect how a person experiences the environment around them, and this can significantly affect their experience of nature and green spaces.

SF&G's partnership with Dementia Adventure can help you understand what adaptations we can make, including to our site design or engagement sessions, when working together in an outdoor environment, to help our spaces and events be more accessible to people living with dementia.

If you're interested in how to make your site easier to visit for people like Lorraine in the video below, then our workshop on October 12th, 2 - 4pm, could be great for you.

The workshop will:

  • Discuss how dementia affects sensory perception, and how this can change the way a person experiences a space.
  • Explore barriers to accessibility.
  • Identify what design decisions and adaptations we can make to help our spaces be more accessible.
  • Explore ways we can make our sessions more inclusive.
  • Explore case studies and examples, and hear from people living with dementia about how they experience green spaces.

This session is suitable for anyone working or volunteering in an outdoor community setting who is interested in learning more about working with people living with dementia and their carers. There will be ample time for questions and discussion from your own setting.

The workshop is priced at £35 for SF&G members, or £42 for non-members.

Book your place here.


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