Meridian Senior Living
A state-of-the-art program designed to provide residents with Alzheimer’s and Dementia a connection to nature that supports meaningful engagement through evidence-based therapeutic horticulture classes.
Evidenced-Based Benefits Include:
• Improves motor skills
• Reduces risk factors for dementia
• Elevates mood
• Improves sleep
• Reduces falls
• Reduces agitation
• Improves self-esteem
• Acts as an antidepressant
Founded by Orla Concannon, Eldergrow™ offers residents with Alzheimer’s and other dementia’s a connection to nature that supports meaningful engagement through evidence-based therapeutic horticulture classes. This program runs 12 months of the year. Eldergrow™e expert Educators guide classes based on planting and maintaining an indoor therapeutic sensory garden while measuring and monitoring resident wellness goals. The setting around a sensory garden supports meaningful and sensory interaction. Recent studies show some benefits from this therapy include improved motor skills, sleep, mood, and self-esteem. Participants have also benefited from reduced factors for dementia through balanced hormones, fewer falls, and less agitation with this therapy.
“The whole event was a highlight! It was so much fun and all of our residents were engaged and smiling the whole time!” Katie added, “This is going to be such a great outlet and tool to use with our residents.” – Katie Butler, Director of Life Enrichment at Magnolias of Chesterfield
“We are excited to offer our residents a horticulture therapy program that promotes both cognitive and sensory stimulation. Residents will experience the pride of creating something with their own hands and watching it grow and flourish.” – Magnolias of Chesterfield’s Executive Director, Stephanie Quick
For more information about Eldergrow™, visit their website at: http://www.eldergrow.org.