Look, Listen And Learn?

Watching and hearing birds has to be one of the most calming ways to experience nature. So many of us respond to birdsong or to seeing birds fly. And there are all different ways to enjoy this: birdwatching, birding or twitching. Which might most improve wellbeing?

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Birdwatching is the most common. It’s one of the traditional hobbies which boomed during lockdown, particularly among Generation Z (16- 29) but across all ages. Birding ( a more committed approach, watching and waiting) and twitching (searching out rare species) may be less common but are life-enhancing.

Most of us simply drift into everyday birdwatching as more practicable. It can be relaxing and a great way to live in the moment. I’m not usually a spontaneous person, I like to plan. But I do enjoy seeing birds spontaneously – suddenly spotting a robin on a gate, or hearing rooks calling high in the trees as they move from rookery to rookery – where will they be today? This way I can get a sudden glimpse of nature in the everyday, so it feels immediate. I recently heard of a GP surgery which has bird feeders outside the waiting room windows, to calm patients as they wait for an appointment, watching the birds. I think I might feel pressured by birding or twitching, whereas this is more like letting go and just seeing what happens.

But it might seem less interesting. You might soon tire of seeing just a few species over and over again, whereas watching regularly or searching further afield could become exciting. Mental stimulus helps wellbeing and cognition, so birding and twitching could contribute to this by firing people’s imaginations. They could also absorb our minds more.

Birding can be all about learning through observation, and many birders record and note bird behaviours, flight, plumage or song. It’s about going deeper, taking nature connection to another level, so instead of glancing at a bird, you stop and observe, and gain more.

Challenge is integral to birding and twitching alike. If you succeed and get a great sighting of a rare or familiar species, there’s a real high, a great adrenaline rush. And birding and twitching create purpose – there’s always a goal, seeing a particular species, or trying to exceed a previous total for sightings, which motivates people to spend more time in nature, with all its many benefits.

They can give life real variety, never knowing what species you might find next. But there are also barriers to participation. Equipment like binoculars and telescopes can be expensive. Not many people have spare time to sit for hours in a hide, or to head off at a moment’s notice and travel quite a distance to see a rare species which has been reported somewhere. So it could become a frustrating hobby if you are limited by other commitments or travel issues. Twitching can be stressful, with time pressure not to miss an opportunity overshadowing the actual enjoyment. It can also set twitchers against each other as they vie for the most or best sightings.

All three ways of watching birds add another layer and can help us zone out and be mindful, one way or another. Maybe combining elements of all three could be the ideal. What do you think? It would be great to hear any responses in Medley’s Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/359291215486002

Colouring Calm

With National Stress Awareness Month starting tomorrow, I thought I’d focus here on colouring: a way many people ease stress creatively. Awareness of stress has surged, particularly during the pandemic, so awareness of ways of reducing stress, or setting cares aside for a while, is equally important now.

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And just as stress awareness has grown, so too has colouring. I remember thinking four or five years ago how colouring was booming when I saw some colouring sheets on a table in my local library for people to enjoy together or alone. And now it’s everywhere.

Colouring is a very flexible art form. Some people colour quickly, maybe smaller images. Others enjoy experimenting with more complex techniques, such as layering shades of colour using lots of colouring pencils. Colouring has moved on a long way over the years. It used to be mainly a children’s activity and there was usually a limited range of colouring books and styles to try. Now the possibilities seem endless. As adults have got into colouring, there’s been an explosion of different books and themes. There’s botanical art to colour, fantasy scenes and images from films or novels. Some colouring books tell a story as they go, so that you illustrate a narrative as it unfolds, and some form entire series of books. Then there’s a whole variety of different art media to use, colouring pencils, crayons, pastels, paints and colour pens.

Mindful colouring has become helpful to many people. Any art can be mindful. There’s something about focusing your attention on paper and pencil, or canvas and brush, or clay, or wool, that closes out the pressures that dog us and opens up a space away. For a time, it’s all that matters. But colouring has become particularly known as a mindful activity, a way to calm down and ground yourself. Is this because it’s specific, focused on colours and shades? Is it because it seems less of a hurdle to get started if the outline image is there for you to plunge in?

Colouring can be empowering, opening up art to people who don’t like drawing or find it too difficult to be enjoyable. With an outline there before you, you can concentrate on transforming it with colour. I’m actually the opposite. I really enjoy drawing, and find it far easier than painting with colour, for example. But I can still see how colouring is inviting. Then there are people who used to draw and paint but now struggle to visualize an image or to physically draw. Maybe they have some sight loss, or dementia, or find their motor skills have declined so that they can’t hold a pencil to draw exact lines anymore.

But colouring is absolutely an artform in itself: really skilful, it demands full attention and concentration, and it creates strong and beautiful images. You can follow the colours suggested by example images – or you can let your imagination fly and use any colour at all, placing your own stamp on the picture. As hand and eye work together, colour becomes image.And the person colouring can grow calm.

Do you enjoy colouring and find it eases stress? It would be great if you would like to share any thoughts on colouring – or any images! – in my Facebook group which explores how art can help mental health, Think Art (1) Think Art | Facebook Thank you!

Music In The Dark

Hearing about the concert to be held for Ukraine led me on to think how music can be not only a response to troubled times (as here) but can also itself be born out of troubles, inspired by pain, forged through struggle. This is so true across musical genres and styles, and across time and place. So this is less about how music can be used to respond, and more about where music can come from in the first place.

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Music can emerge from personal pain. So many songs openly focus on pain and heartbreak, and may or may not draw on lived experience. Many do express actual memory or present struggle. This might most commonly be the breakdown of a relationship – but could also be illness, bereavement or depression. And music can also become a mask, as many musicians will have hidden troubles. One way or another, a long line of musicians have sung, played or composed while struggling in different ways. Blues singer Bessie Smith’s personal life was troubled, while jazz musician Charlie Parker experienced long periods of addiction and mental health issues. Yet these two performers alone still have a major legacy.

One question I’m going to ask is which comes first, the music or the pain? It’s a bitter irony that music – so liberating and enriching – can also ruin lives. Fame can lead to unbearable pressures. The opposite – failure or a slow journey to fame – can also be painful. The music world’s party scene can lead to substance misuse, addiction and extreme behaviours. These experiences might seem to fuel music making for a time, but also limit productivity, and end lives. Some of Amy Winehouse’s great songs were born out of emotional pain, but addiction gradually tightened its hold.

And music can also emerge from shared pain, shared experience: maybe traditional music like South Africa’s isicathamiya. These were songs sung by black miners travelling far away from home to work in coal mines, songs that expressed all they endured. Isicathamiya has become widely known more recently through the music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, which has its roots in this tradition.

Music that is inspired by shared trauma can become, in time, a way to look back, to commemorate and to lament. You could think of pieces like John Williams’ film score for Schindler’s List, Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, or Karl Jenkins’ recent music to commemorate the Aberfan disaster.

Sometimes, of course, pain does not allow music making. It may be too deep for any music to come. Led Zeppelin withdrew from performing in 1977 when Robert Plant was bereaved – and three years later disbanded altogether when drummer John Bonham died suddenly. Sometimes silence says more.

Yet sometimes music won’t be silenced. Franz Schubert died at the age of 31. For the last six years of hid brief life he was seriously ill and living in poverty. But he went on composing, and some of his most famous music was created during those years, such as his Winterreise. Would he have composed like this if he’d been healthy and wealthy? Maybe and maybe not.

Do you have other examples or thoughts you’d like to share? It would be great to hear any responses in Medley’s Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/359291215486002

Rewild Ourselves?

Can rewilding boost mental health and wellbeing? Might it enable connecting with nature at a different level and so reinforce the already proven benefits of nature? Can rewilding revive and restore not only the natural world but also ourselves? I thought World Rewilding Day, which falls this week, was an opportunity to ask these questions, and more.

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Rewilding has a firm focus on nature – biodiversity, species recovery, habitat restoration, sometimes the reintroduction of locally extinct species. But most rewilding initiatives also draw in people, knowing that people are more likely to support rewilding if they engage with what’s going on, and knowing too the clear positive impacts for people and communities. When we hear so many gloomy headlines about the climate and nature emergency, rewilding in action can be inspiring, hopeful and reassuring. And even without considering the wider picture, simply experiencing a wild landscape, its sights and sounds, can be calming and liberating.

But rewilding throws up many questions. Some doubt its authenticity. Is it truly possible to return a landscape to a form of wilderness? Or are we “restoring” wildness which may never have existed? Then there are questions about people’s experiences of rewilding. Some people come to life in wild landscapes, but others feel uneasy, and the words “wildness” and “wilderness” have a negative element to them. Opportunities to experience rewilding for ourselves will be limited by disposable income and spare time to travel to usually remote locations. Some people even feel that rewilding shuts them out, by implying that human impacts on nature have to be negative, and that the land should be left to itself. It could then separate people and nature further.

Diverse as rewilding is, I thought I’d look at one particular example, a trailblazer in the UK – Wild Ennerdale, now in its 20th year, situated on the western edge of the Lake District. Gone now are many of the conifers planted during the 20th century, replaced by native deciduous trees; heathland and bog has been restored; and black Galloway cattle graze parts of the area, enhancing biodiversity. Many roads and fences have been removed. People are encouraged to experience Ennerdale through walking and events, and taking part in restoration tasks.

So there’s no doubt that rewilding is exciting and can transform the land. It can become a haven for people as well as wildlife, a world away from urban sprawl or tamed countryside. Even if you rarely get to a rewilded area yourself, just knowing that wilderness is out there fires our imaginations. And it is already diversifying, and maybe it can and will reach many more places and settings, on a smaller and more everyday scale. Can it come to a road, a field, a patch of disused land near you? If rewilding is to rewild our minds as well as our land, could it become less extreme, more everyday? Could it become more grassroots, community-run in more places rather than a complex initiative requiring sustained cooperation by large landowners? Rewilding remote glens and moors, but also local patches of ground, could open up far more opportunities to interact with wildness – so that nature isn’t just “out there” but close by – restoring nature and ourselves.

Have you seen rewilding in action? Do you have thoughts or ideas? It would be great to hear any responses in Medley’s Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/359291215486002

Thoughts On Paper

There’s one specific way to combine art and wellbeing which stands out, and that is bullet journaling. No, there are no limits to the diverse ways we can all experiment with art and creativity to boost our wellbeing, and all do help. Bullet journaling stands out simply because it focuses on how we think and feel, and records and expresses this in a direct but practical way, through word and image. It’s a quick form of journaling, so it can become a regular part of your routine, requiring little spare time.

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Integral to any journaling for wellbeing is expressing yourself. Issues like overthinking, which so fuel anxiety and depression, can be eased by journaling. By allowing you to commit your thoughts to paper, rather than letting them fester in your head, it can be liberating and can also help you clear your mind. Getting those thoughts outside, onto paper, can help you weigh them up, think them through, sometimes think what to do about them as well.

But journaling can seem daunting. Looking at blank journal pages, the thought of covering them with a long entry every day, a muddle of thoughts and fears maybe, could seem a hurdle in itself. So this is why many people turn to bullet journaling. It’s briefer, more pictorial and colourful, and more practicable. Obviously a bullet journal can take whatever form you like, but many have common features. People use mood trackers – drawing colour circles or shapes to represent and record mood from one day to another, or using a symbol instead, like a flower or a bird. Many people divide up a bullet journal by month, and have a to-do list for that month, a goal or a particular focus. Colour’s really important – use colour pens to head your pages, divide the journal into sections, or to colour in page backgrounds. It all makes the “bujo” as they’re known more attractive.

What I feel is also important is that the bullet journal need not be an endless record of moods and fears. It needs to be a positive space too, where possible, to balance out thoughts. So I like the idea of writing out and illustrating positive sayings – maybe motivational sayings you see online, or quotes from books or song lyrics. Illustrate them with a colourful border or with a drawing inspired by the saying. You could also try scrapbooking, sticking into your journal cuttings from magazines or printouts of nature photos maybe. This way a bullet journal can become a little treasury of positive sights and thoughts, as well as a way to explore the negative.

Some people might run a mile from bullet journaling – fearing it would itself open up a flood of emotions, or mire them deeper in obsessing over moods and feelings. But journaling could also be a way to set those obsessive patterns aside for a time, expressed on paper and laid aside. Bullet journaling can also be a constant when other people aren’t always on hand to talk and support. And if people are seeing a counsellor or therapist, journaling can be a place to write down and record what the therapist says or to remember questions to ask another time.

Bullet journaling is a theme I’m exploring from time to time in my new Facebook group, Think Art, a group focusing on how art can help mental health. It would be great if you’d like to join the group (1) Think Art | Facebook Thank you!

Playing Out

To mark Hearing Awareness Week, I thought I’d explore how people with hearing loss still experience, enjoy, perform and compose music and song.

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One present day composer who lives with hearing loss is Richard Ayres. I first came across Ayres’ music in 2020 when he opened a BBC Proms concert with a work exploring his own experience of hearing loss, interwoven wit hthe experiences of Beethoven all thos eyears earlier. Born in 1965, Richard Ayres graduated from Huddersfield Polytechnic in composition, electronic music and trombone before moving to the Netherlands to pursue postgraduate work. He has composed widely, pieces like his Noncerto for horn and Noncerto for trumpet and his album In The Alps, and has also taught music.

The name which comes most obviously to mind when you think about musicians with hearing loss is of course Evelyn Glennie, the world-famous percussionist. At about the time she began to learn timpani and percussion, at the age of 12, Evelyn also began gradually to lose her hearing. Eventually the loss was total. And yet Evelyn has gone on to play and record across the world, and has brought percussion to a far wider audience.

And it’s clearly not just famous musicians and composers who can experience and produce music although they are deaf. People with hearing loss can feel rhythm and beat through vibration. Sign language and Makaton enable people to sign and sing along to songs, and there are Makaton choirs which perform different musical genres. Subtitles, transcribing and signed performances allow people to enjoy watching musicals, opera or concerts. Some people with only partial hearing loss can hear music more easily than the spoken word, and sometimes music can help people who have tinnitus.

Whether acquired or lifelong, hearing loss is known to lead to anxiety and/or depression for many people. It can be deeply isolating, limiting opportunities to interact easily and naturally with others. It can make people agoraphobic, as staying indoors simply seems easier. You might think that music would be one door firmly closed to people with hearing loss, but not so.

It could seem such a contradiction that one of the most famous composers of all time should also be known for his hearing loss – and that he composed some of his most famous works while deaf. For many, this only highlights Ludwig van Beethoven’s genius and makes his music all the more memorable. In no way was Beethoven’s music overshadowed by his hearing loss, but that is not to say that it was an easy experience for him. As his hearing declined, he searched high and low for ways to treat his hearing, and struggled to see a way ahead, experiencing deep depression. He persevered, and most of his middle and late compositions were created while living with little or no hearing – pieces such as six of his nine symphonies. There could be no greater proof that music is not a closed door to people with hearing loss.

Do you have experience of music and hearing loss? Or do you like the music of Beethoven, Ayres or Glennie? It would be great to hear any responses in Medley’s Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/359291215486002

Spring Fever

Where I live, the last week has shown nature’s different extremes. First we saw its wilder side as three storms hit in under a week. With high winds, then heavy rain and dark skies, it seemed winter was still at its worst. Now I sit here writing this in sunshine, with a cloudless sky through the window. Bulbs have started to flower, there are catkins on a hazel bush nearby and I’m hearing more birdsong. Yes, the wind’s still gusty and there may be another storm on the way. But winter’s finally losing its hold.

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Sometimes it seems as if everyday weather has more impact on us than it should. The British are famous for talking about weather all the time, but its importance is a lot wider than that. Some people have SAD, and many more find winter dismal, or feel down on wet days. That’s partly because cold, wet weather traps us indoors more, where some people feel bored or lonely. Even if you don’t want to go out though, one look at an overcast sky and your mood can nosedive. What can help? Using bright colours to draw, paint, colour or craft is a stimulus. Listening to lively music makes the day seem more alive. And growing houseplants lets nature in. And I find that going out for a walk when it is cloudy and wet still lifts my mood – and warms me up!

Many people’s anxiety levels soared during the recent storms, fearing storm damage or feeling agitated by the sound of the wind. It’s easy to feel out of control in a storm. Spring sunshine is obviously far more positive – even if you’re indoors, just seeing the sun transforms the day. It’s a tonic. But it can make people feel restless an ddissatisfied and want more in life, to go out or to go away. FOMO (fear of missing out) is usually higher in spring and summertime. And then again, a beautiful spring day can seem bittersweet. I remember one sunny day years ago, going for a walk when I’d just heard that a family friend had finally lost a long battle with cancer. The sunshine that day seemed so sad. So weather impacts on us in all different ways at different times.

Cold and dark sap energy. Yes, winter’s a time of rest and we all need rest for renewal, it just doesn’t feel that welcome at the time. But now as the cold spells get fewer and the evenings get a little lighter every day, spring can be a real boost, a spur to live life. And that can be in small ways, whatever is practical for you. People with agoraphobia may find good weather helps, making going outside seem less of a hurdle. And many people can try varying life in small ways. Maybe this spring you’ll start watching the sparrows on your road, or try listening to a different kind of music, or grow new plants in your garden. Maybe you’ll start drawing or colouring to relax or try a new craft. It’s funny that the tradition of new year resolutions developed, when January really isn’t the best time to feel motivated for change. Spring, on the other hand, could be a different story.

Do you find weather impacts how you feel? Is spring making you think about doing something differently? Share any thoughts in Medley’s Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/359291215486002

Drawing A Line

How might drawing have a particular contribution to make to wellbeing? What could be distinct about drawing? When I first got into art, I started with drawing, and it was a few years before I began to paint as well. Even now, I still feel far more at ease with a pencil or pen than with a paintbrush. That could be familiarity, or the greater control you get with pen or pencil. But it isn’t just that. If one way art particularly helps wellbeing is by absorbing the mind, then drawing has to be one of the best ways to do this. It is very focused, and it all comes down to line and form. I find drawing mindful, as committing line and shade to paper grounds me, opening up a space away.

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Drawing covers many different syles and materials. A “simple” pencil sketch is only the beginning. Many people use an array of different pencils, pens and chalks. Where drawing is monochrome, I think the focus on line alone can be more mindful and restful. It’s also striking, because we are so surrounded by colours in life that black and white drawings, like black and white photography or film, stand out all the more. However, I do enjoy drawing in colour too: there’s no doubt that colour makes a drawing sing, and has its own impact on mood.

Drawing’s diversity is important. Some of us like drawing portraits – maybe from books or photos – trying to capture likenesses, or sportspeople, showing action and movement. I like to shade drawings so figures and scenes look more solid and realistic. Some people enjoy more abstract drawings, maybe drawing patterns or outlines. All these different possibilities matter because there’s more likely to be a style to fit everyone. If someone has to draw with their non-dominant hand following a stroke, for example, they may have less control for very exact drawings, so they could try a more fluid style.

Drawing is so portable, quick and easy to start and to clear away. People with little space to store or to set out art materials can just sit down with a sketchpad on their laps and a pencil or pen. When you finish, there’s no cleaning of brushes or palette. All this makes drawing more convenient for people with limited time for art, maybe fitting in a quick drawing amidst other commitments. People with limited concentration or attention span could also find drawing more practicable – and all of us will be more likely to be creative if it doesn’t demand too much time. So I feel drawing really has great scope to engage many more people with art. It’s also great for journaling for mental health, as you can easily illustrate your journal and add images straight on to any journal page.

I find it sad that drawing can be overshadowed by painting. Drawing is somehow seen as easier, less exciting, less skilful. It’s traditionally considered as preparatory to painting, rather than an artform all its own. If you see drawings in an art gallery, so many are preparatory sketches for paintings. It’s as if drawing doesn’t stand alone. This has changed and improved now that art is more experimental and varied, but it still persists.

Do you enjoy drawing? Do you have thoughts, experiences or questions to share on its impact? If so you might like to share these in Medley’s Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/359291215486002 Thank you!

Good Mood Guitar

Guitar Day falls on 11 February each year, an opportunity to highlight guitar’s huge contribution to music of all kinds. For while guitars might most immediately conjure up pop or rock, there’s great diversity in guitar music, and this sheer diversity gives guitar real scope to boost wellbeing.

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Not only is there acoustic as opposed to rock guitar, but there’s also classical, jazz, baroque, bass and folk to name but some. When this six-stringed musical instrument was developed some 8oo years ago, in the 13th century, its inventors little knew what they were letting loose!

When there’s guitar music for every taste, most people will respond to hearing (or playing) guitar. It’s a great instrument to sing along to, and hearing someone in the street playing and singing immediately lifts the mood so that an everyday scene comes to life. I’ve reflected before in this blog how different music genres have such distinct impacts on mood and wellbeing. To some, rock guitar might be too loud, overwhelming and oppressive. But they might enjoy quieter guitar music, maybe folk songs or classical guitar. Other people could find these dreary or depressing, but feel motivated and uplifted by rock guitar. So there’s guitar music to lift mood, to get you dancing, to make you feel bright and more alert, but also to calm and relax you or to express sadness or other feelings.

If you think of the names of some famous guitarists, they only confirm how diverse this instrument can be: Hendrix, Segovia, Clapton, Karadaglic…In what other list would rock legends and classical musicians sit side by side? Bands like Led Zeppelin and U2 owe so much to the guitar, but so do genres like reggae.

To mark Guitar Day, try listening to different genres of guitar music on You Tube or as you stream music, and think about the different impacts it has on you. Classical guitar can be quite mesmeric to listen to, calming, absorbing and slow in the work of a composer like Rodrigo. Another genre where guitar can be important is folk, where it can be heard alone or accompanying countless folk songs. Here it can have power to unite people to listen and maybe sing along, and to express thoughts and feelings and memory.

Guitar’s importance in three particular dance traditions also demonstrates just how life-enhancing it can be. Try watching videos of these dance forms onlne: flamenco, salsa and tango. Flamenco’s rhythm and beat are built on its unique guitar style as it draws together music, dance and song. The guitar’s also central to salsa: in Cuba, the combination of Spanish guitar and African drumming – and now many other instruments as well – created salsa, another fast & intense dance form. And guitar’s integral to tango, where it weaves together with violin, double bass, piano and concertina to form tango orchestras, producing music and dance whirling with life.

Guitar can sound simple, but this hides real scope and complexity. No wonder then that guitar music has become an endless treasure trove of sound to uplift us all in so many different ways.

What do you think of guitar music? It would be great if you would like to share in Medley’s Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/359291215486002 Thank you!

Indoors And Out

All the time I hear of great ways care home staff engage residents with nature and the outdoors. One was a song trail around a care home garden, with song titles chalked on the ground at various points to encourage people to spend time outside following the trail. Many homes have bird tables or window feeders so residents can enjoy watching birds at close hand. Some have visits from therapy animals or miniature ponies. And so many use brilliant art and craft ideas inspired by nature, some using found natural materials.

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Even opening windows so residents can feel fresh air, on mild days, is a stimulus. For a 2009 study by the Care Commission and Mental Welfare C ommission found that half of all care home residents with dementia never go outside. This is understandable: dementia can make people fearful of going outdoors, of any change from the familiar. Many will also have mobility issues, making it difficult to go out. Some people with dementia struggle with motivation or become withdrawn. There are also health and safety issues to consider. However, any opportunity to go outside sometimes or to experience nature in other ways would obviously be positive for many residents.

It’s become well known that trees calm people. Even looking at photos or pictures of trees has been found to speed recovery from illness or surgery, which is worth knowing for people who may be unable to spend time actually amidst trees. Tree photos on care home walls could create a calming setting. Growing houseplants inside the home could also link residents to nature.

Without thinking, we usually experience nature through all our senses some of the time – seeing a view, hearing wind rustle or rain fall, smelling cut grass, even touching garden plants or tasting homegrown salad. Even a small outdoor space can become a sensory garden, with wind chimes, a simple water feature, solar lights and plants chosen for their scent and the sound they make. But people can also experience nature across the senses while indoors. Scented houseplants or listening to audio and video clips of birdsong and other natural sounds could help.

People who have dementia but live independently may be even less likely to get outside, particularly if they live alone. Loss of confidence can strand them indoors, and they may have no garden at all.

The Netherlands is one country which has led the way in enabling people with dementia to connect with nature through care farming. This is day care with a difference, where people help with tasks on the farm as their dementia and mobility allow, or simply enjoy the setting. Care farming is also now growing in the UK, but particularly for people with mental health issues, many of whom are younger people, rather than with adementia focus. This could open up many new possibilities to complement day care, and move it outside.

Obviously some people like being indoors, and would find the setting of a care farm unfamiliar and distressing. But across a wide spectrum of older people with dementia, connecting with nature more regularly could really enhance life. Do you have thoughts to share? It would be great to hear any responses in Medley’s Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/359291215486002 Thank you!