How green-fingered Perry Manor residents rediscovered their long lost hobby - The Worcester Observer
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11th Aug, 2022

How green-fingered Perry Manor residents rediscovered their long lost hobby

Rob George 3rd May, 2022

CARE home residents in Worcester revisited their favourite hobbies and shared their skills with the younger generation.

Residents at Care UK’s Perry Manor, on Charles Hastings Way, stepped back in time to enjoy gardening as part of the nationwide Long Lost Hobbies project.

It comes as national survey found 77 per cent of adults feel technology is the cause of traditional skills being lost, including flower arranging, knitting and woodworking.

To ensure the hobbies of older generations are not forgotten, residents at Perry Manor, got to the knitty-gritty and unwound what made their favourite pastime so enjoyable.

An afternoon of gardening, from flower arranging to vegetable growing in the home’s garden was on the menu as residents shared their top tips with members of the Perry Manor team.

Home manager Katherine Matthews said: “For those living with dementia, revisiting a past hobby, such as gardening, can help bring back memories, as well as providing an enjoyable way to connect with others through a familiar activity that once brought joy.

“These positive feelings gained from revisiting fond memories can help decrease stress, reduce agitation, and provide a feeling of success and confidence.

“It has been wonderful to hear residents talking about how they first discovered their favourite hobby and the fond memories this interest created.”

E-mail Donna Townley on or call 01905 886 715 or visit for more on the home.

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