Gardens May Be Therapeutic for Dementia Patients
Agitation is one of the hardest symptoms of dementia to deal with, for patients and caregivers alike. More and more, researchers are looking for ways to treat it without the use of medication. Some are studying the effects of aromatherapy, and others, like the University of Exeter, are looking towards the benefits of nature. Their new study shows that gardens in adult care centers can have many positive effects, from providing a calming environment to spend time in to providing a place to maintain life skills through gardening. The researchers are next looking at implementation, as staffing restrictions and safety measures may make it difficult.
Smithsonian, July 17, 2014