New Mobile Therapeutic Sensory Garden at Spring Mill Engages Residents Cognitively and Creatively
Spring Mill, a Presby’s Inspired Life Community, has partnered with Seattle-based Eldergrow to create a mobile therapeutic sensory garden and indoor therapeutic horticulture therapy program for its residents. Today, the two organizations came together to host an event for Spring Mill residents to begin planting the garden with flowers and various herbs, including peppermint, basil and oregano.
Eldergrow, an award-winning organization, offers seniors living in residential and personal care communities a therapeutic connection to nature through innovative gardening products and programs. Recent studies show that horticultural therapy reduces depression; improves balance, coordination and endurance; and lowers the risk factors for dementia by 36 percent.
“We are delighted to incorporate Eldergrow’s innovative programming here at Spring Mill,” said Carisa Livingston, Spring Mill Administrator. “Our team is always looking for new and innovative ways to engage our residents. The new garden will give Spring Mill residents the opportunity to create something with their own hands, giving them a sense of pride as they use the plants they grow for fun activities and culinary programs.”
Spring Mill is one of the first senior living communities to use Eldergrow’s therapeutic garden in the Philadelphia region. Eldergrow’s expert educators will be on site to teach and build relationships with the Spring Mill residents through ongoing enrichment classes including culinary and garden art.
“Eldergrow’s indoor therapy gardens not only bring nature indoors but provide residents with mental and physical stimulation, engage cognitive and creative function and stimulate each of the five senses,” said Orla Concannon, Eldergrow Founder and CEO. “We are excited to bring our mobile garden to the residents at Spring Mill.”
Eldergrow was founded by Orla Concannon, a Villanova University graduate. The organization offers residents a therapeutic connection to nature through innovative gardening products and services. The mobile sensory garden brings nature inside 12 months a year. Eldergrow Educators teach evidence-based, therapeutic horticulture classes that improve life for our growing community of elders living in residential and nursing care. www.Eldergrow.org