Gardens a Center of Calm for People With Dementia
Spending time in a garden might help soothe the agitation that commonly strikes people with dementia, a new review suggests.
Looking at 17 past studies, British researchers found evidence that watering plants, or sitting or strolling in a garden can help soothe some dementia patients’ anxiety.
The study authors cautioned that the effects of gardens on dementia patients are a tough subject to study — and the evidence of a benefit is limited. But experts said it’s encouraging that there is ongoing research into the potential calming power of outdoor space.
As dementia progresses, it’s common for people to become anxious, restless and agitated, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.