The review article, “What Is the Evidence to Support the Use of Therapeutic Gardens
for the Elderly?” by MB Detweiler et al. (2012), takes a comprehensive view of the
use of therapeutic gardens for the various ailments of our aging populations. This
article goes through the history of horticultural therapy and outlines the many documented physical and psychological benefits gardens can have on the elderly. MB Detweiler et al., takes the time to hone in on dementia patients and the therapeutic benefits wander gardens have for such patients, including a reduction in
anti-psychotic medications. The article concludes with a need for further quantitative studies to investigate gardens as a therapy for our aging populations.
Read the paper here:
What research are you seeing regarding gardens and the elderly? Where do you see a need for research in this area? Share your thoughts and experiences related to therapeutic gardens and elderly care in the comments below!