Therapeutic gardens for Alzheimer’s disease

A landscape architect talks here about designing a garden for an Alzheimer’s patient – with an eye on reducing wandering and anxiety and increasing the garden’s therapeutic value. From the Palm Beach Daily News:

A rose is a rose is a rose…

But a garden can be many things.

And, most especially, therapeutic.

Well, of course it is. Isn’t sitting in a quiet spot surrounded by a profusion of brilliantly colored flowers, or long, flowing leaves, or loudly gurgling fountains, therapeutic?

It depends on whether you are basically healthy, or autistic, or suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. How you view a garden will differ drastically depending on how you view the world.

That’s why landscape architect Elizabeth “Libby” Marshall takes her mission to design special, therapeutic gardens so seriously. It’s her passion and as natural to her, she says, as breathing.

via Therapeutic gardens are Elizabeth Marshall’s mission.

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