1st Edition

Outdoor Environments for People with Dementia

Edited By Susan Rodiek, Benyamin Schwarz Copyright 2008
    332 Pages
    by Routledge

    332 Pages
    by Routledge

    Learn how gardens and parks can be beneficial to residents

    Mounting evidence reveals that nature and outdoor environments provide individuals with dementia greater enjoyment in life, lower stress levels, and positive changes to physical well-being. Outdoor Environments for People with Dementia explores how fulfilling the fundamental genetically based need of human relationships with nature can improve the health and well-being of people with dementia. Top experts analyze current research and comprehensively examine how the design processes of gardens and parks can be closely connected to effective interventions. Evaluation tools for those with dementia are discussed, including studies of the impact of plants and outdoor activities on this population.

    Outdoor Environments for People with Dementia discusses in detail practical approaches that can significantly improve the quality of life for dementia victims. Research is discussed revealing important aspects and issues needing to be addressed when creating better outdoor environments that are effective in helping residents of long term care facilities and residential care homes. The text is extensively referenced and provides several tables, figures, and photographs to clearly illustrate concepts.

    Topics discussed in Outdoor Environments for People with Dementia include:

    • the impact of outdoor wandering parks and therapeutic gardens on people with dementia
    • empirical studies on how access to and participation in nature-related activities can benefit people with dementia
    • interventions to restore people with dementia having directed-attention fatigue
    • evaluation tools for gardens for people with dementia
    • research-based design recommendations for future gardens
    • theories and empirical studies about healing gardens
    • training staff to increase their knowledge about horticulture and encouraging them to involve residents in outdoor activities
    • general guidelines for developing an outdoor space
    • examination of the attributes for the superior outdoor space found in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with design recommendations for the future
    Outdoor Environments for People with Dementia is a valuable resource for scholars, policymakers, legislators, architects and urban planners, lending institutions, developers, landscape architects, and the lay public in general who have an interest in the subject—personal, professional, or civic.

    Introduction: Outdoor environments for people with dementia - Benyamin Schwarz & Susan Rodiek  2. Creating a therapeutic garden that works for people living with Alzheimer’s - John Zeisel  3. Outdoor wandering parks for persons with dementia - Jiska Cohen-Mansfield  4. Housing and connection to nature for people with dementia: Findings from the INDEPENDENT Project - Grant Gibson, Garuth E. Chalfont, Pamela D. Clarke, Judith M. Torrington & Andrew J. Sixsmith  5. Restorative Dementia Gardens: Exploring how design may ameliorate attention fatigue - Keith Diaz Moore  6. The Garden-Model: An environmental tool for increasing the use of outdoor space by residents with dementia in long-term care facilities - Charlotte F. Grant & Jean D. Wineman  7. Effects of therapeutic gardens in special care units for people with dementia: Two case studies - Rebecca Ory Hernandez  8. Wholistic design in dementia care: Connection to nature with PLANET - Garuth E. Chalfont  9. Alzheimer’s garden audit tool - Clare Cooper Marcus  10. Therapeutic effects of an outdoor activity program on nursing home residents with dementia - Bettye Rose Connell, Jon A. Sanford & Donna Lewis  11. Effects of increased time spent outdoors on individuals with dementia residing in nursing homes - Margaret Calkins & Joseph Szmerekovsky  12. Contact with outdoor greenery can support competence among people with dementia - Erja Rappe & Päivi Topo  13. Gardens for people with dementia: Increasing access to the natural environment for residents with Alzheimer’s - Nancy J. Chapman, Teresia Hazen & Eunice Noell-Waggoner  14. Designing successful gardens and outdoor spaces for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease - Elizabeth C. Brawley  15. Garden of the Family Life Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan - Clare Cooper Marcus


    Susan Rodiek, Benyamin Schwarz