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Campaign highlights benefits of gardening for dementia sufferers

Campaign highlights benefits of gardening for dementia sufferers
29th December 2008

A national newspaper has joined forces with an activity-promoting charity to highlight the benefits of gardening for people suffering from dementia.

The Times has announced its support for Thrive for its Christmas appeal, noting that the organisation provided sufferers with "seeds of hope" on its 130-acre headquarters by promoting independence and wellbeing through horticultural interests.

Founded by retired metallurgist Bob Newell five years ago, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's himself in 1998, the project was founded on an original recommendation from a friend that such a setting and activity to evoke powerful memories and calm the sufferer down.

Mr Newell's wife Val said the organisation promotes something necessary for sufferers of such conditions as Alzheimer's and dementia.

She told the newspaper: "If you have a loved one with dementia, find an activity that they can enjoy and get satisfaction from. It's so important when so much is taken away from them."

The Alzheimer's Society states that families should treat their relatives with dignity and respect if they are to fight against the condition more effectively.

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