The National Trust has revealed that it is working with the Alzheimer’s Society to assure that 500 of its historic and countryside sites are made dementia-friendly.
The parks and historical sites operator has affirmed its commitment to reshaping its sites to ensure that those living with dementia can enjoy a ‘vital connection to the world around them’.
Research from the Alzheimer’s Society showed that people diagnosed with dementia often find historical sites safe and familiar spaces.
The partnership will see the National Trust upskill 74,000 workers and volunteers as well as improving the accessibility of the sites and altering internal policies to support those affected by dementia.
National Trust volunteering and inclusion director, Tiger de Souza, said: “A number of our places are already offering great experiences for people living with dementia, and through this landmark partnership we aim to extend those benefits to many more people.”
It is anticipated that the number of people living with dementia will reach one million within three years and so ensuring that the correct infrastructure is there for those living with the condition is paramount to providing care.
Alzheimer’s Society chief executive, Jeremy Hughes, added: “Visiting a heritage site can improve physical and mental health by helping people keep active.
The importance of such venues increases as we get older, as a place to relax, recover and engage through multi-sensory stimulation of the space around us.”