Anita Rutendo Chonzi

  • Designation: University of Sheffield Hallam
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Title: Exploring the Lived Experiences of Individuals with Dementia and Care Partners Perceptions of Sensory Gardens


Anita Chonzi is a full-time 3rd-year PhD student in Health, Well-being and Life Sciences at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). She is also an active member of the Yorkshire Consortium for  Equity in Doctoral Education (YCEDE) Scholars Board, which aims to improve the access and participation of BAME students in postgraduate research studies across Yorkshire. Her research interests are in multi-sensory stimulation, which is the activation of all senses to maintain healthy well-being, and the use of Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) methodology to give voice to those underrepresented, in this case, people living with dementia.


Natural environments such as gardens have been reported to support residents' health and well-being. For older adults, the effects of staying indoors meant engagement with the outdoors was impeded. However, the outdoor environment remains underutilised and increased evidence is required on the design of outdoor spaces and how this could potentially support increased access. This can be achieved by involving those who use these environments to share their views.

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