Therapeutic gardens to support dementia, post-stroke patients in the works: MND

There will be an upcoming network of therapeutic gardens, featuring contemplative spaces and activity zones, to support dementia and post-stroke patients, said Senior Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee on Monday (Apr 11).

Speaking at his ministry’s Committee of Supply debate, Mr Lee said greenery will be used as therapy, especially for seniors.

He cited a study conducted by NParks and the National University Health System (NUHS), which showed improved mental health in participants who underwent horticultural therapy.


The Senior Minister of State also said there are plans to continue rolling out inclusive playgrounds in the country’s parks.

The first such playground was launched last year at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park with the support of the National Council of Social Services, and such playgrounds enable kids to have fun together, regardless if they are able or have disability, he said.

NParks will launch eight more in the next few years, he added.

At the launch of the playground at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park last year, NParks and NCSS said this was one of 11 to be built across Singapore by end-2017.


Mr Lee also pointed to plans for Sembawang Hot Springs as an example of how the ministry is committed to have community feedback when creating green spaces. He said the Hot Springs “have an interesting history” and are currently on Ministry of Defence land.

“We are studying if we can sensitively enhance the area, in line with existing natural features, heritage and land use,” he said. “Where possible, we want to retain and enhance such places, with the community, for everyone to enjoy.”

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 11 Apr 2016

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