With a greatly increasing number of older adults due to advances in medical care, aU baby boomers in the United States will be 65 or older by 2029. As the number of older adults grows, so does the number of those with severe mental illness. Treatments are needed to address older adults with severe mental illness that include the negative side effects of medications. Due to the nature of severe mental illness, lower levels of required cognitive processing allows for those admitted to inpatient psychiatric settings to participate, including those with dementia. Horticulture therapy has proven useful to address severe mental illness and improve quality of life among older adults. However, an approach addressing both is not available. This doctoral project addresses severe mental illness in the older adult population utilizing Naomi Feil's validation therapy and horticulture group therapy as a framework for a 10 session treatment program.
School of Science and Technology
David A. Vermeersch
Paul T. McMahon
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
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Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings
Mental Disorders -- in old age; Aged -- psychology; Psychotherapy, Group -- in old age; Horticultural Therapy -- psychology
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Hill, Kristen J., "Horticulture Group Therapy with Mentally Ill Older Adults" (2011). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 1567.
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