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46th Annual Convention; Online; 2020

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Paper Session #415
Diversity submission Green Spaces and Healthy Aging
Monday, May 25, 2020
3:30 PM–3:50 PM
Area: CBM
Chair: Parsla Vintere (CHE Senior Psycholgical Services; Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center)
Diversity submission Green Spaces and Healthy Aging
Domain: Theory
PARSLA VINTERE (CHE Senior Psycholgical Services; Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center)
Abstract: In the past few decades there is an increased attention being paid to the effect of green spaces. Studies examining the relationship between time spent outdoors and seniors’ health status show a positive relationship. In terms of physical health, there is evidence that being outdoors is associated with an increase in Vitamin D levels, improved functioning of the immune system, better recovery from injury and illness and increased energy levels. Similarly, there is evidence of mental health benefits associated with time spent outdoors, such as decreased levels of stress, depression and anxiety and improved attention and well-being. Several studies suggest that health care providers need to pay more attention to how often their senior clients are outdoors. Many traditional nursing homes are attempting to improve care and quality of life for their residents by creating more home-like atmosphere. The purpose of this paper is to (a) examine the typical scheduling of the daily activities in the long-term care settings; (b) discuss the Green House nursing home model; and (c) present some anecdotal evidence of the effectiveness of the time spent outdoors using clinical behavior analytic approach to psychotherapy with aging population.



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