Natural England: P. Clark; N. Mapes and S. Preston.
Publication date: 2013
This is a literature review of the benefits and barriers facing individuals living with dementia in accessing the natural environment and local greenspace. It also suggests projects that could be undertaken.
The report found:
- There is a clear need for large scale research and evaluation studies to quantify the benefits
- The barriers facing people living with dementia in accessing the natural environment need to be investigated further through large scale quantitative insight studies.
- As well as asking their families, supporters, advocates and professional health and social care staff, it is critical that future research work is user led and actively involves people living with dementia.
- There are potentially important benefits in terms of effective use of resources in knowing what would assist people living with dementia to live well in their own homes given that two thirds of people currently do so.
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