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Is it nice outside?

This study follows on from the initial ‘Greening Dementia’ report, and seeks to gather insights and information directly from people living with dementia and their carers. The findings from this collaborative project between Natural England, Dementia Adventure, Mental Health Foundation and Innovations in Dementia will be used to inform the design of a large-scale demonstration project that will deliver services in the natural environment for people living with dementia and their carers. For all enquiries about this future project please contact Dementia Adventure.

Spending time in the natural environment has been shown by many studies to have a beneficial effect on people’s overall sense of wellbeing. Less research has been carried out about its effect on people living with dementia. The ‘Greening Dementia’ report (Clark et al, 2013) provides a helpful summary of the evidence. There has been little research about the benefits of and barriers to taking part in activities in the natural environment for people living with dementia that involves people living with dementia themselves.

This project aims to investigate what the key benefits are from engaging with the natural environment, for people living with dementia; what the barriers are to them doing this; and what changes could be brought in to make the natural environment more accessible for people living with dementia.

Read the study at: http://publications.naturalengland.org.uk/publication/5910641209507840