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Gardening Therapy For Memory Care Residents

- Thursday, March 24, 2016

At Spring Arbor, our philosophy is to make every day special for our residents suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Our Cottage Care Coordinators are dedicated to providing a high quality of life for all residents through a range of activities to exercise both the mind and the body. Our residents are encouraged to rekindle old interests or develop new ones. As a result, we are always discovering new and invigorating ways to engage and stimulate our residents. We’re excited to begin offering gardening therapy for memory care residents!

Research shows that access to the outdoors and physical activity can be extremely beneficial for adults living with memory loss. That is why we are so excited to add gardening to our educational and training programs in our Memory Care Cottages! Recently, our Cottage Care Coordinators gathered for a two-day training program in Durham, North Carolina to find ways for gardening to become a weekly activity for the residents in all of our Spring Arbor Cottage communities. With instruction from a Horticultural Therapist, our Cottage Care Coordinators learned how to bring nature to our Cottage residents through gardening and the stimulating sensory opportunities that we create in each Cottage courtyard.

According to the Alzheimer’s Society, gardening demonstrates several benefits for those with dementia including:

  • Provides great exercise for the mind and body
  • Creates a sense of purpose
  • Lowers stress and blood pressure levels
  • Reduces aggression in those who have Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia
  • Builds confidence by allowing the resident to experience success
  • Helps recall long-term memories of gardening

We’re excited to offer this new program as one more example of our vision “To improve the world and how people live by creating meaningful experiences and places of great distinction.” To learn more about our Spring Arbor Memory Care Cottages, please visit us.

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