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J Community Health Nurs. 2017 Jul-Sep;34(3):115-125. doi: 10.1080/07370016.2017.1340554.

GROW: Green Organic Vegetable Gardens to Promote Older Adult Wellness: a Feasibility Study.

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a Assistant Professor, School of Nursing , University of Maine , Orono , Maine.
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b Extension Professor, Cooperative Extension , University of Maine , Orono , Maine.
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c Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics , Colby College , Waterville , Maine.
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d Project Manager, University of Maine Center on Aging , Bangor , Maine.
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e Nursing Student , School of Nursing, University of Maine , Orono , Maine.

Abstract

Protecting older adult's cognitive health is a public health priority. Wellness behaviors within 6 domains have demonstrated effectiveness in protecting older adult's cognitive abilities. Interventions targeted to low-income older adults are needed because these populations experience greater social and physical health disparities compared to adults in higher socioeconomic statuses. This study examined the feasibility of engaging independent, community-dwelling older adults living in low-income senior housing in cultivating raised-bed gardens and reviewed the improvements in cognition and nutrition. Ten participants received ergonomic garden tools, seeds, waist-height garden beds, and weekly garden education. Participants planted vegetables of their choosing and tended to their garden beds for 17 weeks. Cognition and nutrition outcomes were measured before and after the intervention. Adults successfully engaged in the intervention throughout the duration and experienced improvement in cognitive and nutrition outcomes.

PMID:
28767290
DOI:
10.1080/07370016.2017.1340554
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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