Aug 2, 2010

Benefits of nature

"Just getting outside helps improve your mental health," Kelly Marker.

Dr. William Bird, health adviser to Natural England, has conducted various studies showing the benefit of our spending time in natural environments, especially those with grass or a small garden. According to his studies, spending time outdoors can decrease anxiety and depression, lessen pain, and increase optimism. Even having plants and flowers in the home has benefits. Although, this research does not specifically address dementia, it would seem to me that exposing our loved one to greenery is beneficial.

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