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Therapeutic Gardens – A healing environment for optimizing the health care experience of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients: A narrative review  

Version 1 : Received: 1 October 2018 / Approved: 2 October 2018 / Online: 2 October 2018 (11:03:03 CEST)

How to cite: Uwajeh, P.; Polay, M..; Iyendo, T.O.. Therapeutic Gardens – A healing environment for optimizing the health care experience of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients: A narrative review  . Preprints 2018, 2018100022 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201810.0022.v1). Uwajeh, P.; Polay, M..; Iyendo, T.O.. Therapeutic Gardens – A healing environment for optimizing the health care experience of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients: A narrative review  . Preprints 2018, 2018100022 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201810.0022.v1).

Abstract

Purpose: This paper extends previous works to include the role of therapeutic gardens in the healing environment as an intervention for bettering the clinical outcomes of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, the positive impact of healing gardens and the innovative application of technologies with nature, for promoting cognitive rehabilitation in this particular patient population.Methods: Using ISI Web of Science, PubMed, ProQuest Central, MEDLIN, Scopus and Google Scholar, a relevant literature search on the positive health implications of therapeutic gardens on Alzheimer’s and dementia patients’ in the healthcare milieu was conducted.Results: Health implication of therapeutic gardens on Alzheimer’s and dementia patients’ spans across physical, social, psychological and cognitive effects. Virtual reality (VR) technologies offer positive cognitive outcomes to Alzheimer's disease (AD) and dementia patients.Conclusion: Therapeutic gardens should be extended for speedier recovery of other patient populations. Future directions in the design of healthcare gardens with a focus on patient experience are inferred.

Subject Areas

Alzheimer’s disease; dementia; therapeutic environment; Virtual reality; Stress recovery; therapeutic gardens

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