Creative Spaces, created by the Sensory Trust, is an innovative program that uses outdoor spaces and community involvement to improve the lives of persons living with dementia in long-term care. The objective of the program is to get residents with dementia outside and participating in activities with young people and local volunteers resulting in greater communication and social ties.
The program began in 2006 when the long-term care facility built a dementia-friendly garden and invited the local community to participate in its growth. From there, Creative Spaces generated a number of outdoor activities that could be done with health care professionals or with community members.
The website includes examples of the outdoor activities, as well as details on a new artistic program that creates videos from the poetry of the residents with dementia.
For more information on Creative Spaces please visit their site at http://www.sensorytrust.org.uk/projects/creative_spaces/index.html.