April 15, 2022

Memory Care: National Gardening Month

Category: Memory Care

Author: Gwen D'Amico, Memory Care Director

Gardening is potentially a “long-term” memory for our residents with dementia because many of our residents grew up in rural Ohio and on farms. For our memory care residents, it is a treasured memory from their youth. They enjoyed being outside working the dirt, reaping the fruits of their labor from the garden, and helping their families live and survive.

It is helpful to connect individuals living with dementia to long-term memories to help pull those memories from childhood and youth, which can bring them much joy. Activities, such as gardening, often lead to interesting stories from the past, sparked by the activity itself. It is very gratifying for the resident to be able to complete tasks from the past and recall memories associated with that task.

Here at Chestnut Hill Senior Living Columbus, OH we plan to celebrate and participate in National Gardening Month by starting seedlings for our vegetable garden and some flower seedlings as well. We will keep them in areas with a lot of natural light inside the neighborhood. Residents will help to water them when needed. The seedlings will be transplanted to the memory care neighborhood garden once the ground is prepared and the weather is suitable.

Chestnut Hill Senior Living in Columbus, OH offers assisted living and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Newly renovated in 2021. Amenities at Chestnut Hill include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located just east of Hamilton Road and Morse Road with quick access to Hwy 161, Gahanna, New Albany, and the greater Columbus area.

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Chestnut Hill Senior Living

5055 Thompson Road

Columbus, OH 43230

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