Publications and Scholarship

Document Type


Publication Date



older adults, Sheridan Elder Research Centre


Horticulture therapy involves the use of simple gardening activities to promote higher intellectual functioning, enhance social interactions and to improve both emotional stability and physical functioning. This therapeutic method could be especially relevant to individuals with dementia who may exhibit behavioural and emotional manifestations of the disease. This study, conducted in the winter of 2004, employed a 5-week horticultural therapy program with four older adults who exhibited mild to moderate cognitive impairment. Data were gathered and evaluated based on field notes prepared by the researcher. Field notes encompassed three areas of function: cognitive, physical and social; patterns/changes were tracked during each session. Results of this brief pilot project demonstrated some improvement in cognitive function and increased social/physical functioning for both motivated and less motivated participants.


Research Centres


Sheridan Elder Research Centre (SERC)

Terms of Use

Terms of Use for Works posted in SOURCE.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Original Publication Citation

Lesnik, A., & Spadafora, D., Horticulture therapy for older adults with Alzheimer disease and related dementias (ADRD). [Report]. Oakville: Sheridan Elder Research Centre (SERC).

Included in

Geriatrics Commons


GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being

click icon to learn more