Green spaces provide therapeutic benefits to dementia patients, according to a new study from the University of Exeter Medical School in the UK.
Researchers analysed 17 different studies on the health effects of gardens on dementia patients in aged care, finding that there were “promising impacts on levels of agitation in care home residents with dementia who spend time in a garden.” Garden spaces promoted relaxation and calm in dementia patients as it gave them the opportunity to explore the green space. They could garden, walk around or simple sit and relax in a soothing place.
The scientists said more research needed to be done but Ruth Garside, one of the paper’s authors, said: “There’s a lot we don’t know about how a garden’s design and setting influences its ability to affect well-being, yet it’s clear that these spaces need to offer a range of ways of interacting – to suit different people’s preferences and needs.”
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