Horticultural Therapy for the Cognitive Functioning of Elderly People with Dementia



Fig. 59.1
The process of development of human welfare and improvement of quality of life (QOL) using horticulture therapy





Method



Candidates for the Intervention


HT is applicable for a wide range of patients, e.g., having serious illness (Barley et al. 2013), are cancer survivors (Nakau et al. 2013), suffering from musculoskeletal pain (Verra et al. 2012), are depressed (Gonzalez et al. 2011), or having a wide variety of diseases and disabilities (Annerstedt and Währborg 2011).

The patients participating in KUHTP are presented in Table 59.1.




Table 59.1
Patients participating in the horticultural therapy presented in this chapter













































































































































































































































































































































































































Group

Patient

Age

Sex

Previous profession

Physical condition

Conversation ability

Experience in gardening and agricultural activities

Physical function

Present medical record

Walking

Eye sight

Hearing

Paralysis

Hypertension

Diabetic

Hyperlipemia

Heart disease

Other

GH-S: (n = 9)

A

85

Male

Office worker

Δ*

2
 
Δ*

5
 
×
 
×
 
Gout, glaucoma
 
No

B

85

Female

Unclear

Δ*
     
×

×
       
Yes

C

80

Female

Unclear

2
     
×
     
Osteoporosis, spinal disease
 
Yes

D

90

Female

Entrepreneur

Δ*

Δ*

Δ
         
Brain apoplexy
 
Yes
       
2

4
                 

E

92

Female

Farmer
   
Δ
 
×
   
×

Malignant tumor
 
Yes

F

87

Female

Kimono maker
       
×
     
Malignant tumor, abdominal and aortic aneurysm
 
Yes

G

71

Female

Office worker
               
Brain apoplexy
 
No

H

80

Female

Entrepreneur

Δ*

2

Δ
   
×
   
×
   
Yes

I

76

Female

Restaurant worker

Δ*

2

Δ

Δ
 
×
     
Brain apoplexy, brain atherosclerosis
 
Yes

GH-T:

(n = 12)

J

90

Male

Organization worker

Δ*

2
 
Δ
       
×
 
Δ
 

K

76

Male

Unclear

Δ*

2
     
×

×
 
×

Prostatomegaly
   

L

82

Male

Farmer
 
Δ
                 

M

90

Male

Civil servant
       
×
       
Δ
 

N

86

Male

Entrepreneur

Δ*

2
 
Δ
         
Malignant tumor

Δ
 

O

97

Male

Farmer
   
Δ
   
×
 
×
 
Δ
 

P

81

Female

Farmer
                     

Q

88

Female

Entrepreneur

×*

1
                   

R

84

Female

Farmer

Δ*

2
     
×
           

S

85

Female

Teacher
   
Δ
 
×

×
         

T

80

Female

Part-timer
                     

U

88

Female

Farmer
   
Δ
 
×
           


Δ little disorder; × disorder; *1 using wheelchair; *2 uses a cane; *3 dyschromatopsia; *4 nearsighted; *5 uses a hearing aid

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