The landscape of dementia inclusivity


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Abstract

A supported community gardening program became appealing and therapeutically beneficial to people living with the impacts of dementia and their carers, despite not targeting either cohort specifically. This paper discusses how this program provides insights into the landscape of dementia inclusivity. The gardens involved were spaces that allowed positive risk-taking opportunities, respectful intersubjectivity and active citizenship. Our research findings indicate that a meaningful response to the rising incidence of dementia may be to build upon social and geographical attributes of community gardens. Understanding the multifaceted nature of a dementia inclusive landscape will enable authentic engagement and rights-based support for people living with the impacts of dementia.HighlightsPositive risk-taking opportunities, respectful intersubjectivity and active citizenship engender dementia inclusivity.Dementia inclusivity is conceptual, relational and spatial.The landscape of dementia inclusivity is a complex and nuanced terrain.Recognising and accommodating the multifaceted nature of a dementia-inclusive landscape will enable authentic community-wide engagement.

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