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Client gardener Cynthia - London
We know that gardening improves the lives of those living with early onset dementia, people like Cynthia, a client gardener at our London centre.

The following film shines a light on Cynthia and shows how social and therapeutic horticulture can have positive impact on those living with early onset dementia.

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At the end of the session, I feel happy, invigorated and that I've learnt something new

Cynthia, client gardener

Over time, those experiencing dementia may not be able to maintain their ability to manage everyday tasks, as their mood and understanding are affected.

We know that gardening improves the lives of those living with early onset dementia by aiding concentration and giving confidence. It is also a good form of exercise which in turn helps to boost mood and can help with sleep. Choosing and talking about plants can spark memories and conversation.

Cynthia at table
Cynthia

Cynthia tells us, “I am driven in some ways that I don’t want to be bored, and I want to learn, and I like to meet people, so this is a wonderful opportunity for me. Sometimes you may have things bothering you that you don’t realise, and by having that conversation with other people, you may find a solution without even asking a question”.

Cynthia leaves Thrive each day with a positive energy

Alex, Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioner

Social and therapeutic horticulture (STH) is invaluable for people with early onset dementia and can have a positive impact on their quality of life, they make friends and gain confidence.

Whilst people with dementia may not be able to remember their tasks, the feelings last longer than the memories.

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