Garden scheme blossoms to give health support

HELP is at hand to support people with dementia and their families and carers.

Northumberland County Council is eager to help people with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia to continue to lead full and active lives in the community.

An Ageing Well in Northumberland programme works with older people across the county to ensure they remain active and connected, offering various projects to keep them engaged, as well as support for carers.

County Council Policy Board Member for Adult Care and Public Health Susan Dungworth said: “It can be very hard living with a person who has been diagnosed with dementia, but also for the person living with dementia, which can be difficult too.

“The council is concerned to help people who have dementia and their carers lead a more active life. Programmes which keep the mind active are arranged and enable the person to get care and attention.”

Projects include the Blooming Well initiative, which allows people to spend quality time outdoors with support from experienced gardeners and local volunteers. Sessions offer a range of gardening activities in peaceful settings and allotments.

The scheme is designed for people in the early stages of dementia, and activities help to maintain cognitive functioning, stimulate memories and conversations and reduce social isolation.

Carers can also take part in the project and can form new friendships.

It operates through Groundwork at Pegswood, Morpeth and Ashington, with sessions on Tuesdays, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

For further information contact Stuart Jones on 01670 514876.