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Leadership Insights is the home of our Fellows' research and provocation pieces which they complete as part of their Fellowship programme, in addition to specially commissioned research carried out by, and on behalf of, Clore Social Leadership.

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Living with dementia and connecting with nature

Living with dementia and connecting with nature

By Neil Mapes , February 2011

Looking back and stepping forwards

There is an implicit feeling or sense that getting out into nature is a good thing for all of us and that this may have particular benefits for people living with dementia. Yet little is really understood about the sensory experience for people living with dementia connecting to nature and how this may help maintain their sense of self.

This research explores what is meant by the term 'living with dementia' and considers past  directions of research in order to identify potential direction for research in this area over th next five years.

Alongside this written report, Neil also produced two 'walking interview' films with people living with dementia, which give a deeper insight into Neil's research and the benifits of connecting with nature.

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