Reaping the Benefits.
is good therapy for the young and old. Those with Alzheimer’s
disease benefit in many ways.
- The eyes are exercised through visual scanning and seeing near
- People are motivated to walk, stop, bend, reach and
- It exercises hand, fingers, arms, and the upper body.
- It gives
mild to moderate exercise in coordination, strength,
stamina and physical
activity, when often nothing else will.
- Enormous pleasure is experienced
through the senses: seeing,
smelling, feeling, tasting, and hearing.
- The design enhances the exercise of orientation
- Pleasant surroundings
encourage a longer attention span.
- It’s the perfect place
to practice following simple directions.
about a common interest promotes interaction with others
- The garden is
an ideal setting for social activities:
garden socials, special meals, cultural celebrations
- The setting provides a safe nurturing and familiar environment.
relieves tension, frustration and aggression.
can satisfy some of the needs to be nurturing and caring.
- The garden
is an easy place to gather with family and friends
for emotional support.
- It can serve as a personal sanctuary.
"No matter how agitated Mom was, once we arrived at the
garden, she would calm down noticeably and start enjoying the flowers.
Not having any relief from her care giving, this short time in
the garden also gave me some much needed relaxing quiet time, knowing
at the same time that Mom was safe and enjoying herself."