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Therapeutic Gardens and Expressive Therapies 

Therapeutic Gardens and Expressive Therapies
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Therapeutic Gardens and Expressive Therapies
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Theresa L. Scott

and Nancy A. Pachana

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199380862.003.0033
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date: 29 March 2020

Humanity’s affiliation with the natural world is deeply ingrained in the human psyche, and human understandings of the healing power of nature date back to antiquity. According to a growing body of research, contact with nature promotes physical, emotional, social, mental, and spiritual well-being. Companion animals have been a part of human experience for thousands of years, and recent research documents the positive impact that domesticated animals have on older adults’ health, psychosocial well-being, and cognitive functioning. Music has also been used for centuries to heal and to promote well-being. Music taps human emotion and memories, and is often a shared experience. This chapter discusses the impact of gardens and therapeutic horticulture, animal-assisted therapy, and music therapy in positively affecting older adults’ well-being, and improving social, psychological, physical, and vocational adjustment across a variety of settings and populations.

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