Sensory gardens show love for our city seniors

Published on 13 October 2021

Two seniors at Cascade Gardens
The City has today opened a significant community asset for our city’s much-loved seniors.

 

Cascade Gardens in Broadbeach has welcomed the Gold Coast’s first purpose-built sensory garden, providing a safe and accessible outdoor space for seniors to enjoy.

 

The garden features wheelchair-accessible garden beds, wide pathways, accessible seating and stimulatory elements to give seniors a warm and engaging experience. 

 

“There is even a giant xylophone and customised arbour structures to encourage visitors to engage with the space,’’ said Mayor Tom Tate.

 

“The entire experience encourages attendees to interact through sight, touch and smell.’’ 

 

Mayor Tate said it was important to provide outdoor spaces that promote healthy ageing so our seniors could continue to enjoy the Gold Coast lifestyle.  

 

In 2020, there was approximately 107,000 Gold Coasters over the age of 65, with the number of senior residents expected to double over the next two decades.

 

“A well-designed environment can improve the quality of life of our seniors by providing a place for social interaction, gentle exercise and stimulation of senses,’’ he said. 

 

“The interactive nature may also assist in triggering memories for people living with dementia.” 

 

Dementia Australia’s Men’s Shed has created several items that feature in the garden, including a wishing well, bird bath, mosaic bathtub, wheelbarrow and bird house.  

 

The garden will also be the site of the Gold Coast’s first Friendly Bench, where on certain days volunteers from Feros Care will be available to chat with seniors who feel lonely or isolated. 

 

The $600,000 project was jointly funded by the City and State Government.