Research shows that connection to nature, and the outdoors, has significant wellbeing benefits for everyone, but especially for people living with dementia. It can improve sleep, concentration, appetite and communication skills. It can also help to slow the increase of symptoms and prevent onset of the condition.
We understand that people with dementia face challenges in getting outside to experience these health benefits. As we emerge from lockdown and the effects of Covid-19, for some, it feels harder than ever.
However, we believe with the right support it is possible for people with dementia and their supporters to get outside regularly, whether it’s in your garden, a local beauty spot or further afield.
Nature is calling you to connect and experience all its benefits.
Nature is Calling Online Drop-in Sessions
We’re offering free, informal sessions for the friends and family of people living with dementia. During the sessions we’ll discuss why getting outdoors is essential to the wellbeing of people with dementia, and how to overcome any barriers to getting outdoors. The sessions will give you the knowledge and practical guidance you need to connect to nature confidently.
‘Nature is Calling’ encourages people living with dementia and their supporters to:
- Understand the health and wellbeing benefits of nature.
- Overcome the mental and physical barriers to accessing the outdoors.
- Offer practical guidance to build your confidence and plan your outing.
These sessions are online, and have a maximum of 10-12 people, to allow plenty of time for discussion and to ask your questions. One of our experienced trainers will lead the session, share research and resources, and facilitate informal discussion.
You are welcome to book into all 3 sessions or just the one or two that you feel are most relevant to you.
Session 1 – The Wellbeing Benefits of Nature:
- Research and evidence on the health benefits of connecting to nature and the outdoors.
- Hearing real-life stories from people living with dementia on how nature has a positive impact on them.
- Exploring ‘first steps’.
- Resources to encourage engagement with nature.
Session 2 – Misconceptions and Managing Mental Health:
- Challenging the common misconceptions about dementia and getting outdoors.
- Exploring the impact of Covid-19 on the mental health of people living with dementia.
- Steps to overcome challenges.
- Resources to support and encourage understanding.
Session 3 – Overcoming Barriers to Getting Outdoors:
- Understanding the individual.
- How to motivate others.
- Things to consider when you go out.
- Dealing with the ‘what if’s’.
- Resources to support you to get outside.
Who are these sessions for?
This is suitable for any family member or friend supporting a person living with dementia, who wants to improve confidence in how to get outside and connect with nature, and especially:
- People diagnosed in the last 18 months.
- People diagnosed over 18 months ago, who have become less active over the last year and would seek to change that.
- People who are not active but would like to build that into a new routine.
Professionals, Volunteers and Organisations
If you are in paid work or volunteering to support people with dementia, book in to our free ‘taster’ training – Dementia Skills Sessions.
The Nature is Calling drop-in sessions are free to attend, but booking is essential.
The sessions will be online, via Zoom. They are really easy to join and you will receive full instructions on how to access the training.
How to Join an Online Session
When you book into one of our Nature is Calling Drop-in Sessions you will receive an email containing a link to click in order to join the session. We deliver the sessions via Zoom, but you don’t need to download any special software—all you need is the link we’ll send you. Please watch this short film by DEEP that gives a very simple explanation of the process:
I felt it was a really good mix of presentations and an opportunity to chat and listen to other peoples experiences and observations and suggestions. I came away thinking how I could implement some of the ideas. I didnt feel pressured to make any comments and felt comfortable and relaxed during the session
A Note to Professionals
The Nature is Calling sessions are for unpaid friends and family who support people with dementia. If you are in paid work supporting people with dementia, you are welcome to join one of our free, online Thinking Differently About Dementia – Dementia Skills Sessions.
While these unique sessions currently are aimed primarily at friends and family supporting a person with dementia, they also offer an invaluable opportunity to develop your skills, experience and practice.
Our Dementia Skills Sessions are a great ‘taster’ of the dementia training we can tailor to organisations and professionals.
Invaluably, you will also hear firsthand the experiences of friends and family supporting loved ones with dementia.
The sessions are free, but booking is essential.