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A Calendar Year of Horticultural Therapy

Your Price: $24.95
Part Number:HORTBOOK
For nine years, author Jan Hoetker Doherty, an Ohio Master Gardener, provided horticulture therapy in nursing homes, senior centers and Alzheimer dementia units. This 368-page book, based on her experiences, explains the foundations of garden therapy and how they can be applied for different needs and levels of functioning. Over 60 activities are included, divided by each of the 12 months of the calendar year. Appropriate for all activity levels.  Each activity includes:
  1. Background and historical information
  2. Materials required
  3. Hands-on instructions
  4. Any special considerations that applyhorticulture therapy for dementia activity
Sample projects include:
  • Mardi Gras Masks
  • Everybody is Irish
  • Easter Grass
  • Fairy Gardens
  • Terrific Topiaries
  • Butterfly Gardening
  • Patriotic Petals
  • Turkey Thyme
  • The Fragrance of Conifers and more

"Horticulture therapy gives people with dementia a sense of accomplishment"

Therapist Tip:  Horticulture, or garden, therapy provides people with cognitive and spiritual stimulation through the senses:  feeling the soft leaves, smelling the fragrant blossoms, and seeing the vivid colors of nature.  It is also a good physical activity as the person uses the hands to prune and arrange the plants.  Simple garden activities are especially therapeutic for patients with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, and can be enjoyed individually or in small groups.  They can also be done with family and friends of all generations.  These garden activity ideas can be easily modified for different levels of memory loss.  Taking care of a plant can be an occupational task, giving the person with dementia a sense of purpose and accomplishment.  Arranging flowers can be an art activity that is easy and has no right or wrong answers.
Copyright 2009 by Lilyflower Publishing, Inc.

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