Silverline Memories Opens Dementia Friendly Garden in Gateshead
The Mayor of Gateshead will officially open the North East’s first Social and Therapeutic Garden Project for people with Dementia and those who care for them, during a Family Fun Day on Bank Holiday Monday May 2nd 2016. Based on the Springwell Estate, Gateshead, the Cecily Douglas Memory Garden has been created by North East Dementia Charity Silverline memories, and it offers a safe environment for people with this condition to spend time enjoying this popular past-time, while also benefiting from the many health benefits associated with light exercise in the fresh air.
The project will also address the issues of loneliness and social isolation among people living with dementia in the Gateshead area by offering group gardening activities. Silverline Memories recognises that it is not just the person with a Dementia Diagnosis who is “living with Dementia”, but also the friends and family of the person. Gardening is known to have multiple health benefits including increased self esteem, better sleep and improved appetite, as well as lowering rates of depression and anxiety. Spending time outdoors also improves levels of Vitamin D which a lack of has been linked to Dementia. Activities at the Cecily Douglas Memory Garden are open to anyone across the North East who is affected by Dementia.
As well as the visit from the Mayor of Gateshead, there will also be live music, stalls, fun rides and food outlets. Entry is free from 12pm-3pm.
People interested in taking part in the activities on offer at The Cecily Douglas Memory Garden, or in volunteering at the Garden, can contact Silverline Memories on 0191 603 0095.
One in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia, and yet there is still a lack of understanding about the condition in society, resulting in loneliness, isolation and segregation.
Loneliness in general is common among older people as frailty and health concerns limit social activity and friends pass away, but a dementia diagnosis exacerbates the condition of loneliness, with 44% of people of people with a diagnosis reporting losing friends as a result of a lack of understanding about what it means to live with dementia. The result of this is that 61% of people living with a dementia diagnosis feel lonely some or all of the time.