This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
FEATURE


Is it Nice Outside?


Natural England has published new research into dementia and the natural environment – here we explore the report’s findings.


A new report, published by Natural England, has highlighted how engagement with nature and the great outdoors could be improved for the benefit of people living with dementia and their carers.


The survey asked people living with dementia and their carers about the outdoor activities that they take part in and the places they go, or most want to go.


The research revealed what motivates individuals to go outside and what barriers they think need to be overcome to improve their access to the outdoors and maximise the beneficial effect this brings for them.


The new study – Is it nice outside? Consulting people living with dementia and carers about engaging with the natural environment – is the result


- 20 -


of a collaborative project between Natural England, Dementia Adventure, the Mental Health Foundation and Innovations in Dementia.


Only 20% of the people living with dementia, that were surveyed, considered that their condition was a barrier to using outdoor spaces, whereas 83% of carers believed that dementia limited the person’s ability.


The report revealed that engaging in outdoor activities that have a purpose, and those that involve being with other people, provide the greatest motivation for people living with dementia.


The Way Forward The report makes a series of recommendations that could encourage greater use of natural spaces by people living with dementia


and their carers. It encourages managers of outdoor spaces to work with local dementia action alliances to develop a TripAdvisor-style ratings system to provide information about local dementia-friendly open spaces.


Other recommendations from the report address ways to make visits to green spaces more dementia- friendly through implementing the principles of dementia friendly communities at outdoor sites by training staff to be dementia aware; improving training on how to sensitively and effectively support people living with dementia; and, improving understanding.


A New Perspective Jim Burt, Principal Adviser for Natural England’s Outdoors for All programme said: “There is already


www.tomorrowscare.co.uk


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58