The Elderflowers Programme


Launched in 2001, The Elderflowers programme uses the performing arts to improve the quality of life for elderly people with dementia and their families in hospital care in Scotland. We are the only organisation in the UK using this programme of care.

Programme Benefits

People with dementia who are in hospital care are likely to experience a range of related needs and issues alongside their medical condition, including:


greennosebulletFeelings of isolation

greennosebulletDifficulty with self-expression

greennosebulletDifficulty socialising with others

greennosebulletSensory decline

greennosebulletBoredom and Frustration


The aim of the Elderflowers programme is to reach the person behind the illness and work to address these complex issues, improving participant wellbeing and happiness.

The immersive Elderflowers programme provides a valuable outlet for the participants’ own personality and humour, offering creative, physical and mental stimulation. The Elderflowers are trained to pick up on the interests and mood of each individual elderly person and respond accordingly, this can mean playful banter or very gentle, non-verbal communication.

As numbers continue to increase in dementia wards, it is vitally important that these elderly ladies and gentlemen still have the opportunity to be stimulated, participate in the arts and are encouraged to interact and laugh.

Who We Help

The Elderflowers programme offers a unique approach to dementia care. It benefits men and women aged 50 years and over, who are in full time hospital care, suffering from the following conditions:

greennosebulletAdvanced dementia


greennosebulletVascular Dementia

greennosebulletPick’s Disease

greennosebulletHuntington’s Disease.

The Elderflowers programme responds to the specific needs of each patient through extensive liaison with healthcare staff who refer participants directly to the Elderflowers for an interactive session.


Watch the Elderflowers

You can see The Elderflowers Programme in action in the following clip: