Green care farms promote activity among elderly people with dementia

S.R. de Bruin, S.J. Oosting, Y. Kuin, E.C.M. Hoefnagels, Y.H. Blauw, C.P.G.M. de Groot, J.M.G.A. Schols

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Abstract

In the Netherlands, an increasing number of green care farms are providing day care to community-dwelling elderly people with dementia. Currently, it is unknown whether activities, activity participation, and facility use of elderly people with dementia at green care farms differ from those at regular day care facilities. The authors performed group and individual observations at 11 green care farms and 12 regular day care facilities. Activities of elderly people at green care farms were more frequent, occurred outdoors more often, were of a higher physical intensity, and more often were aimed at individuals than activities at regular day care facilities. Therefore, the green care farms’ environment may be more beneficial for elderly people with dementia than the regular day care facility environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)368-389
JournalJournal of Housing for the Elderly
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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