In cooperation with the Alzheimer's Support Network, the Naples Botanical Garden has developed a Sensory Tour for individuals with memory impairment. If you have not been to the Botanical Garden, you must go. It is one of Naples finest treasures.
The Sensory Tours are special guided tours lead by the friendly and knowledge docents of the Garden. Alzheimer's Support Network staff will be present to help out. At the Buehler Enabling Garden, those with memory issues and their caregivers are treated to a host of plants which are safe to touch, smell, and even taste.
The Alzheimer's Support Network wants to thank the Naples Botanical Garden for welcoming our families. In particular, we wish to thank Chad Washburn, the Direct of Education at the Garden. Without Chad's direction, caring and expertise these tours would not be possible. The tours are led by Linda McDonald, who has decades of experience working with special needs children. Not only does Linda have a passion for the Garden, she is also acutely sensitive to the needs of people with dementia. In addition, their wonderful docents ensure this is an educational and delightful day for all who attend.
Because most people with dementia are not aware that they have any impairment, these groups are referred to as "Sensory Tours" rather the Alzheimer's Tours. And while at the Garden, those with memory impairments are referred to as "clients" rather than "patients." This is another kindness and courtesy that they Garden has extended to our families.
Click on the video below to see some senses from a recent tour. There is an online sign up form below.
The Botanical Gardens Sensor Tours are currently closed for the Summer.
Please check back in the Fall for more Tour Dates.
To save your spot, please use the online form above.