Memory Care: National Gardening Month

Gardening is potentially a “long-term” memory for our residents with dementia. Many of them grew up having gardens and living on farms. For the residents, the memory of gardening, harvesting the vegetables, and home cooking really sparks something for them.

It is beneficial to connect individuals living with dementia to long-term memories because they create many different responses for the residents; it brings them a sense of calm and happiness. The residents thrive from sharing memories and their many stories from years past.

Here at Cedar Trails Senior Living in Freeburg, IL to celebrate and participate in National Gardening Month we will be doing many different things through the weeks of April. We will start with picking out our seeds, what we want to plant in our garden. Then we will plant the seeds, with assistance and guidance from the residents. The final step for the month is to have family and residents help add decor and mend things in the memory care neighborhood garden.