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The relationship between destination proximity, destination mix and physical activity behaviors

Author(s): McCormack, G. R., Giles-Corti, B., Bulsara, M.

Relationships between street characteristics and perceived attractiveness for walking reported by elderly people

Author(s): Borst, H. C., Miedema, H. M. E., de Vries, S. I., Graham, J. M. A., van Dongen, J. E. F.

Effects of indoor gardening on sleep, agitation, and cognition in dementia patients - A pilot study

Author(s): Lee, Y., Kim, S.
Pharmacological intervention including sedative hypnotics and neuroleptics is a common treatment for sleep and behavioral problems in dementia. However, the high risk of adverse effects of those drugs indicates that non-pharmacological interventions are needed as well.  Among those non-pharmacological interventions physical activity is one approach that influences the circadian timing system and was suggested to be effective for sleep and behavioral disturbances of dementia patients. In addition, the positive effects of physical activities, especially exercise, on cognition were suggested. 
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Does a wander garden influence inappropriate behaviors in dementia residents?

Author(s): Detweiler, M. B., Murphy, P. F., Myers, L. C., Kim, K. Y.
Most cognitively impaired dementia unit residents are dependent and confined to a safe custodial environment with limited exposure to natural settings. However, the mandatory indoor confinement of dementia residents has been known to increase verbal and physical agitation and use of psychotropic medications. Several studies have reported that having access to unlocked doors leading to a garden or outdoor area may reduce the level of inappropriate behaviors in both residential and long-term dementia care facilities. This study explores the effect of adding a wander garden to an existing dementia unit on inappropriate behaviors of residents. 
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Clevland Clinic's New Look More Than Just A Pretty Face

Author(s): Spector, H.

Therapeutic Responses to Natural Environments

Author(s): Mitrione, S.

Greening Healthcare: 21st Century and Beyond

Author(s): Hall, A.G.

Designing for safety: evidence-based design and hospitals

Author(s): Clancy, C.M.

The Cognitive Benefits of Interacting With Nature

Author(s): Berman, M.G., Jonides, J., Kaplan, S.

Strategies to reduce patient harm: understanding the role of design and the built environment

Author(s): Barach, P.