Developing a Framework of Edible Garden Concept for Horticultural Therapy for the Elderly People

  • Mohammad Rusdi Mohd Nasir Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan
  • Mohd Syazwan Abdullah Sham Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan
  • Wan Saiful Nizam Wan Mohamad Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan
  • Khalilah Hassan Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan
  • Mohd Azri Mohd Jain Noordin Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan
  • Raihan Hassan Ministry of Health Malaysia
Keywords: Social services, Horticultural therapy, Edible garden, Senior community, Gardening activities, Dementia problem, Social relationship, Elderly people, Global elderly issues, Urban area

Abstract

Around one in every nine persons in the world are aged 60 years old and the proportion one in five persons is expected to be increased by 2050. Aging will create new challenges for health and social services in our country. The current research has established that spending time in the outdoor environment can provide notable health benefits especially for elderly people including by improving sleep patterns, moods, and also hormone balance. Horticultural therapy through Edible Garden is one of the best approaches that should be considered in the making of a productive senior community. The purpose of this research is to investigate the effects of horticultural therapy on the psychologic, physical, cognitive function and quality of life among elderly in Pusat Aktiviti Warga Emas (PAWE). The goal is to determine how gardening activities can increase their quality of life and prevent the elderly from dementia problems as well. The methodology used mainly involves six stages using quantitative and qualitative methods. Finding the effects of horticultural therapy through Edible Garden can be used as a module in PAWE as guidelines in providing a better lifestyle. This research will give benefits to society by promoting a healthy lifestyle among the elderly through gardening activities and reduce dementia problem. This research will contribute to new knowledge in dealing with elderly people not only in Malaysia but similar to the global elderly issues especially in urban areas around the world.

Published
2020-07-31
How to Cite
Mohd Nasir, M. R., Abdullah Sham, M. S., Wan Mohamad, W. S. N., Hassan, K., Mohd Jain Noordin, M. A., & Hassan, R. (2020). Developing a Framework of Edible Garden Concept for Horticultural Therapy for the Elderly People. Journal of Applied Arts, 2(Issue 1), 102-111. Retrieved from https://journal.scientiaca.org/index.php/Jappa/article/view/65
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