Trip to park to help those with dementia

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PEOPLE with dementia have been taking trips to country parks as part of the county council’s Dementia Friendly Hampshire campaign.

There are nearly 20,000 people living with dementia in Hampshire and it is possible that this number may double by 2030.

The trips provide physical, emotional and social benefits of being outdoors and sharing activities with others.

Residents from two residential care homes – Malmesbury Lawn in Havant and Bishop’s Waltham House – took part in a pilot trip to Manor Farm and Country Park at Bursledon, a working farm of a bygone age.

Cllr Liz Fairhurst, executive member for adult social care said: ‘The trip enabled us to support residents with dementia at the same time as helping our staff to see the benefits of nature-based approaches to helping people with dementia to live well.

‘The successful pilot included training for staff and this will enable us to plan future outdoor activities across our country parks.’