New program helps engage seniors in nature play
Today Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, in partnership with Regis Aged Care launched a new Seniors Engagement Program at Botanica: Village Among the Oak Trees.
Elderly Regis clients travelled from across Victoria to the Gardens, to partake in cubby house building and other nature play activities alongside children, helping to reconnect them with nostalgic childhood memories and harness the wellness benefits of being outdoors.
The program was developed with the organisation’s mutual desire to enhance the health and wellbeing of seniors through immersion in nature and unique experiences that are within an older demographics’ mental and physical capacities. It aims to combat the physical and mental challenges older people experience, including social isolation and depression.
Regis’ residents will be first to try the programs before they’re opened to the wider public in April 2019. Participants will receive creative and engaging experiences that connect the power of nature to health and wellbeing.
The Botanica children’s event runs from the 16 – 19 January 2019, and is one of many experiences redesigned by Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria’s Programming and Learning experts with the abilities of aged care residents in mind.
Look out in the future for upcoming elderly-focused experiences that will encompass health, wellbeing, sensory workshops, indigenous activity and garden experiences.