Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a set of symptoms and behaviours that occur when the brain stops working properly. This results in loss of independent function for that person.
Daily brain exercises may help decrease your risk of developing dementia by building cognitive reserve.
This page will help you to find local services in relation to dementia quickly and efficiently.
If you are living with dementia, this section offers some practical advice on living your life to the full.
Within communities people are taking action, big and small steps that make a difference in the everyday lives of people with dementia. Find out what actions you can take and the supports available.
Businesses or service providers can make a big difference to the quality of life of people with dementia and their families. Find out what actions you can take and the supports available.
A community champion inspires others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia and their families. Find out how you can become a community champion and the supports available.
How to diminish the risk factors and reduce the risk of developing dementia.
There are several studies that indicate that gardens may be particularly good for people living with dementia. When outdoor spaces are welcoming and accessible, people with dementia and their carers have positive interactions, facilitating people to maintain their independence and engage in meaningful occupation as well as enhancing their health and wellbeing.
The campaign’s dementia-friendly showcase garden will feature in Dublin’s Phoenix Park at Bord Bia’s Bloom from May 31 to June 4.
It has been designed by the Dementia-friendly Garden Team, which is a collaboration between Newtown Saunders Ltd., TrinityHaus (Trinity College Dublin) and Sonasapc. Having been awarded a Silver Medal for their Bloom show garden in 2017, the team has returned this year with a new dementia garden centred on understanding, togetherness and connection.
This garden is a gentle space that facilitates understanding, togetherness and connection with nature, drawing on a strong evidence-base of dementia-friendly design and the lived experience of dementia. It comprises a short multi-sensory walk leading to a central seating area, sheltered by a grove of trees, grounding the person in the ‘here and now’.
A gallery installation features photographs that depict family, social roles and community as a reminder of the richness of family and community life in Ireland. Visual cues and prompts provide guidance and support, while physical objects act as focal points for communication.
The garden reflects the Understand Together Campaign’s message of creating an Ireland that embraces people with dementia as active members of their communities. Everyone can make a difference by taking small steps to create understanding and inclusive communities where people with dementia are respected, supported and connected.
We hope our top tips for a dementia-friendly garden will inspire people to take on some ideas for their own garden spaces. Continuing gardening and spending time outdoors are some ways that people can continue to live well with dementia.
For those with access to a garden or an outside space, we would encourage them to incorporate some of our tips to help create a dementia-friendly space. Of course, we understand that not everyone has access to a garden or outdoor space. There are ways to bring the outside in, by incorporating indoor planting or making sure that windows in the home are clear of objects so there is a view to the outside.
Download: Detailed garden design information and full planting list
Download: Moments in Time garden flyer