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Gardening is an effective, non-pharmacological intervention that can reduce dementia symptoms and improve the quality of life for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. Seniors especially can benefit from interacting with nature through therapeutic gardening. Planting and enjoying the results of a therapeutic garden is considered one of many proven, holistic treatments for those in need of rehabilitation and healing, stimulation, social engagement and more. Seniors experience remarkable benefits from connecting to the earth. The practice of planting flowers and vegetables, getting their hands dirty and watching their efforts turn into beautiful results gives them a sense of empowerment that too often vanishes with age.

You don’t have to be an expert to recognize the profound effects nature has on our bodies and spirits. Simply being outside in the fresh air and sunshine provides a sense of mental clarity and overall well-being. Nonetheless, experts have done significant research on our interaction with the natural world, recording the evidence of its many benefits.

  • Direct sunlight (increasing bone density, improving sleep cycles and moods).

  • Lower levels of agitation and aggression.

  • Decreased isolation and aggression.

  • Better orientation to place and time and a temporary distraction from fixations

  • A sense of ownership and community.

  • Improved social interactions.

  • Playing the role of caregiver for garden plants and wildlife.

  • Increased physical activity as well as decreased falls and injuries.

  • Higher maintenance of cognitive skills and interests. In some cases, the ability to learn or regain lost skills.

  • Increased attention spans.

  • Increased brain volume and gray matter.

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