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Using an established self-contained garden area and improving its function ability with raised beds, winding hard-surfaced pathways, comfortable seating areas and a garden water fountain, a trained Horticultural Therapist will direct, assist and encourage Alzheimer patients to recapture some of their pleasant early life experiences in a naturalized setting.
Standardized tests, such as the Philadelphia Geriatric Center Mental Status Questionnaire (PGC) which measures cognitive functioning; the Ernst Emotional Problems Questionnaire which measures affective functioning; Nursing-Chart notes reporting behavioral changes and/or number of recorded aggressive behavior incidents (+ or -); author-designed measurements and check lists; along with the use of tape recordings of first, intermediate and final H.T. sessions recording number of social initiatives and/or interactions (+ or -) will be used in a collaborative effort to measure and assess whether Horticultural Therapy will: (1) increase verbalization (2) increase socialization (3) stimulate long and short term memory (4) improve orientation (5) improve overall affect.