Mississippi State University
Downey, Laura Hall
Peterson, Donna J.
Swortzelm, Kirk A.
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Agricultural and Extension Education
Master of Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
School of Human Sciences
Previous studies suggest there are numerous benefits of horticultural therapy programs. The current study explored the benefits of a horticultural therapy program with elderly populations at two facilities in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Fifteen participants attended a 2-hour session on horticulture techniques once a week for four weeks. Using a pretest to posttest study design, changes in participants’ cognition, quality of life, and loneliness were assessed. The pretest was administered verbally by the researcher before the first session and the posttest, including a series of questions about satisfaction with the program, was administered after the last session. Items on each assessment included the Mini-Mental State Exam, the Assessment of Quality of Life, and the Revised UCLA Loneliness Scale. Findings suggest that participants’ cognitive ability significantly improved after participation in the program while quality of life and loneliness perception did not significantly improve. Participants perceived the program as positive and enjoyable.
Baird, Mariah Ruth, "A Horticultural Therapy Program for The Elderly: Effects on Cognition, Quality of Life, and Loneliness" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 156.