Horticultural Therapy Horticultural Therapy for the Cognitive Functioning of Elderly People Elderly People with Dementia



Horticultural therapy is an intervention using a set of ­recreational activities that include the beneficial effect of plants and nature for the prevention or treatment of illness. The intervention is not limited either by the ­client’s age or illness. The aim is to improve the patients’ quality of life (QOL) (Fukushima et al. 2005). This cost-effective therapy has advantages at the community level compared with other therapies.

This chapter discusses the benefits of using horticultural therapy with a focus on cognitive function among elderly people with dementia.

Horticultural therapy using a periodic and effective method may improve cognitive and psychosocial functioning of elderly people with dementia.


Cognitive function Dementia Horticultural therapy MMSE (Mini–Mental State Examination) Quality of life (QOL) 



This study funded by Japan Society for the Promotion of Scientific Research (JSPS) the Grant-in Aid for Scientific Research KAKENHI (B2 15390678). The results of this study were presented at the 2003 International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ICAD).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Nursing, College of Medical and Pharmaceutical and Health SciencesKanazawa UniversityKanazawaJapan

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