The effects of living plants on cognitive and behavioral responses of persons with dementia

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Susan Blackburn Webster (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Anna Marshall-Baker

Abstract: The need for designers who understand features of the interior environment that are important to persons with dementia (PwD) is increasing because of the growing number of diagnoses related to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Research regarding the built environment and PwD often focuses on conditions that compensate for the declining cognitive abilities of occupants and users. Many populations have demonstrated improved cognitive performance after interactions with nature, however systematic studies with PwD using natural elements in the context of the built environment and measures of cognition are few. This study explores the environment's potential to stabilize or improve cognitive function. It investigates the effects of natural elements – operationalized by live plants – on the cognitive responses of persons who have moderate to moderately severe dementia.

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Language: English
Date: 2015
Alzheimer's disease, Architecture, Attention restoration theory, Cognition, Dementia, Natural elements
Dementia $x Patients $x Care $x Psychological aspects
Dementia $x Patients $x Dwellings $x Design and construction $x Environmental aspects
Dementia $x Patients $x Rehabilitation
Nature observation $x Therapeutic use
Nature, Healing power of
House plants $x Psychological aspects

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