After her daughter died, 89-year-old Lorraine Galbraith of Oldwick, was left alone . . . With no family to care for her as her health waned, Whittlesey searched for a way to get her “stimulated” and more involved in society, with everything from arts and crafts to musical activities. Eventually, Right at Home Care, Galbraith’s caregivers, suggested horticultural therapy, which uses gardening and planting related activities to help better the lives of patients. Whittlesey contacted Laura DePrado, president of Final Touch Landscaping and a registered horticultural therapist with the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA), to work with Galbraith.
By George Tatoris, Editorial Intern
Published in the Somerville Courier News 8/19/2015, pages 1A and 19