Effect of the Horticultural Therapy on Activities of Daily Living and Cognitive Function of Demented Old Adults

원예치료가 치매노인의 일상생활 수행능력과 인지기능에 미치는 영향

  • Yun, Suk-Young (Dept. of Horticultural Therapy, Catholic University of Daegu) ;
  • Kim, Hong-Yul (Dept. of Horticultural Therapy, Catholic University of Daegu)
  • 윤숙영 (대구가톨릭대학교 원예치료학과) ;
  • 김홍열 (대구가톨릭대학교 원예치료학과)
  • Received : 2009.10.09
  • Accepted : 2009.10.24
  • Published : 2009.10.30

Abstract

This study purposed to examine the effect of the horticultural therapy on activities of daily living and cognitive function of demented old adults in facilities. According to the results of evaluating BADL, the ability to perform daily activities decreased from 9.71 to 9.21 in the control group, but in the experimental group, the ability to perform daily activities increased significantly(p=.009) from 10.86 before the horticultural therapy to 12.43 after the therapy. According to the results of evaluating K- MMSE, the score decreased from 10.57 to 9.07 in the control group, but the experimental group showed a significant improvement in cognitive functions from 10.43 before the horticultural therapy to 13.29 after the therapy(p=.003). As presented above, the horticultural therapy was effective in improving activities of daily living and cognitive function of demented old adults.