Garden helping to spark memories is a real asset – Bradley

05 September 2017

North Belfast DUP MLA and former chair of the Assembly Health Committee, Paula Bradley has praised those involved in creating the Palmerston Magical Memory Garden.

Paula Bradley MLA

Chair of the Health Committee.

Paula Bradley

The garden at Palmerstown Residential Dementia Care Home was officially opened today and is run by Abbeyfield and Wesley.

Paula Bradley MLA said, “This is a wonderful asset to help those with dementia and their families. It helps spark memories of days gone by and will also create new memories.

There is a startling figure from the Alzheimer’s Society which states that only 35 per-cent of people with dementia get outside every week. We each know that being outside significantly improves our health and well-being, relieving tension and frustration which are sometimes present in dementia patients.

The garden now provides an area which allows those with dementia to enjoy outside, whilst reliving memories about going on holidays, looking after pets and activities such as washing the car. Those volunteers and agencies involved have to be praised for this initiative. The project in line with new findings which support increased activity for those with dementia, by giving them a sense of purpose and enjoyment. The five sensory areas allow dementia patients to gain back a sense of their identity which is so important.

Health and well-being is so important to us all. Today the opening of this project allows those who are most vulnerable to improve their well-being, giving them a sense of purpose and helping the residents to remember some happy memories.”

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