Zeisel, J., 2004, Treatment effects of healing gardens for Alzheimer’s: a difficult thing to prove, in: OPENspace, ‘Open space, people space’, OPENspace, Edinburgh
- Author : Zeisel, J.
- Year : 2004
- Published in Book : Open space, people space
- Abstract in English : Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease whose etiology is quite specific. A protein called ‘plaque’ covers parts of the brain while dendrites of individual cells disintegrate into what are called ‘tangles’. These plaques and tangles are not random but rather affect similar parts of the brain of people living with this disease, although at different times in its progress. By the end of the disease up to 40 per cent of the brain’s weight, and as much of its cellular structure, can be affected. But at the same time, during the disease itself, as much as 80 or 90 per cent is still functioning. These working parts of the brain provide us with the key to the ‘treatment effects’ of the built environment, including contact with the outdoors through gardens and their designs.
- Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: healing gardens, Alzheimer’s, design, disability.