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Gardening Therapy for Memory Care

- Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Spring Arbor, NC, VAAt Spring Arbor, our philosophy is to make every day special for our residents suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Our care providers 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 at our memory care residence. Our staff participated in a two-day training program to find ways for gardening to become a weekly activity for all the residents. With instruction from a Horticultural Therapist, staff learned how to bring nature to our Cottage residents through gardening and the stimulating sensory opportunities that we create in our residences.

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

  • Gardening Therapy for Memory Care ResidentsProvides 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 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 Spring Arbor Memory Care, contact us.