Dementia patients across the country may be spending 24 hours a day locked in hospital wards - an unacceptable regime even for convicted prisoners. And there is concern too many people with dementia are kept under a chemical cosh - powerful drugs used to control behaviour.But now growing numbers of experts say access to the outdoors, and physical activity such as gardening, could transform life for patients with conditions such as Alzheimer's or dementia.
Donald Stewart, 79, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's five years ago. His wife raised the alarm when he was becoming more and more forgetful. When a psychiatrist sent him for a brain scan, it confirmed he had the condition.
He has been gardening at the Potager Garden - a community garden in Kinross - for more than a year.