Outdoor Activity Ideas

Written by Active Minds on Friday the 12th of August 2016.

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Take a walk

Regular physical activity is really important for someone living with dementia. Taking a walk as short as five minutes can really help improve someone’s health and wellbeing. As dementia can cause people to withdraw from everyday life, a short walk is a great way to connect with the community.

 

Gardening

Interacting with nature helps gain sensory stimulation. Carrying out gardening tasks such as planting flowers gives people with dementia a sense of ownership and something to look after. Sights, sounds and smells of the outdoors are always changing and watching plants grow can provide a meaningful connection to nature.

Group activities

There are organisations such as Dementia Adventure that offer outings and short breaks, such as woodland walks and barge sailing specifically for people with dementia. These are designed for carers and people living with dementia to enjoy together.