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To keep people with dementia connected to nature, center for patients is opening in Scottish NP

When Gillian Councill and Kenny Wright of the nonprofit Alzheimer Scotland met with people living among their country’s Cairngorms mountains, they heard a refrain: Locals with dementia couldn’t get out into nature as they once loved to do.

One former Cairngorms National Park ranger explained he was still an avid mountain biker, but after showing up for a swimming class at 9 P.M. instead of 9 A.M., he knew going places on his own was getting harder. A different man, who’d logged many hours hiking and biking the area, said he’d begun to worry when he found himself getting lost.

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