Activities with plants can boost the elderly's well-being: Study

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File photo of a therapeutic garden in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.
File photo of a therapeutic garden in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Plants and gardening have more than just a relaxing effect on man, research here has found.

Participating in activities such as gardening or guided walks in parks improves the mental health and well-being of the elderly, said a local study.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 25, 2018, with the headline 'Activities with plants can boost the elderly's well-being: Study'. Subscribe