Therapeutic Gardening with Toni Salter

Season #1 Episode #9

Julie speaks with Toni Salter, a qualified horticulturist and recreational activities officer who is also known as The Veggie Lady. Toni shares her journey of using gardening as a kind of therapy in her own life, and how she went from pre-occupation to occupation!
Julie and Toni discuss what Nature-Assisted Therapy is and its role in physical and mental rehabilitation, and the benefits as well as the challenges of engaging individuals in in gardening as they age. Toni shares some tips on how to facilitate ongoing Nature-Assisted Therapy in residential Aged Care Facilities, things to consider for staff development and training, plus the role of families in supporting and encouraging gardening into older adults.
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