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How green space benefits people.

Environmental psychologists, horticultural therapists, and landscape architects continue to conduct research that studies the studies the affect of green space on people, and in particular those with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. The August issue of Landscape Architecture highlights two reports showing benefits of designed green spaces that encourage Alzheimer's disease patients to function at their highest levels. The studies show that the exposure to sun, fresh air, and the seasons help patients reset their internal clocks. They also show that an assortment of flowers and plants stimulates the senses through sight, sound, touch, and smell, which give cues and clues to patient's surroundings. The research shows that verbal agitation and psychotic symptoms are reduced in settings where people are provided with multiple cues to understand the environment in which they live.

I believe that the great Creator has put ores and oil on this earth to
give us a breathing spell. As we exhaust them, we must be prepared to
fall back on our farms, which is God's true storehouse and can never be
exhausted. We can learn to synthesize material for every human need from
things that grow."
--George Washington Carver
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Publication:Journal of Soil and Water Conservation
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2006
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