The impact of viewing a garden on physiological health of elderly women

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Wong, Joyce Wei-Se
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University of Guelph

The restorative powers of healing gardens as it pertains to health measures were explored in this study by examining the blood pressure and heart rate of the elderly. This pilot study compared the blood pressure and heart rate levels of 5 elderly women from a retirement centre after viewing a garden and a street. The results suggest that the garden view had a greater beneficial effect on the physical health of the subject, by lowering blood pressure and heart rate more so than the street view. This suggests that there is a positive relationship between gardens and the health of elderly women. The results from this study support that gardens do offer restoration and have a positive impact on the health of the user. This suggests that there are health benefits for providing garden spaces in facilities for the elderly.

restorative powers, healing gardens, health measures, blood pressure, heart rate, elderly women