Date of Award

1-1-2009

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Plant and Soil Science

First Advisor

Midden, Karen

Abstract

Many medical institutions have installed gardens with therapeutic intent directed towards Alzheimer's patients. A large portion of these gardens however, have failed to achieve this intent. Gardens must be designed correctly in order to maximize the functionality and provide intended benefits of the garden. This study uses current literature and professional consultation to design a therapeutically functional Alzheimer's garden in a court yard space. A qualitative case study is proposed, in conjunction to the design, regarding Alzheimer nursing home resident's use of a traditionally landscaped garden. This study will generate base line data for future comparison with a case study of an Alzheimer's garden on the same re-designed site. Both the present and future case studies will use the same mixed methods procedures of quantitative behavior mapping combined with log-sheet journals, as well as qualitative interviews. It is hypothesized that current use of the traditional garden will generate valuable information regarding use of space and also support the need for future gardens designed specifically for residents with Alzheimer's disease.

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