Many changes occur as a person ages, impacting a person’s physical, emotional and cognitive abilities, and social roles. Gardening can be used in a therapeutic way to address these issues and improve lives.
However, many of the changes involved in aging must be addressed by modifications in gardening practices, current situations and tools. This is where horticultural therapy can offer safe, physical, social, cognitive activities where horticultural therapists can customize, set goals and objectives, monitor outcomes and make changes as needed.
By Laura DePrado
Published in the Somerville Courier News 11/18/2013, Page B1