Monday, July 10, 2017
Farms and agricultural landscapes promotes mental and physical health of veterans'.
Farms and agricultural landscapes promotes mental and physical health of veterans'. A new study has shown that working farms and agricultural landscapes promotes mental and physical health and helped improve veterans' well-being. With care farming, individuals participate in various horticultural activities and learn useful skills within a safe community and a green environment, a setting shown to improve mental and social well-being. In the study of 5 veterans of foreign wars (4 men, 1 woman), care farming improved life satisfaction in 3 participants and optimism about future life satisfaction in 2 of the participants. Also, perceived loneliness decreased in 2 participants. The findings support the use of care farming as a treatment for languishing veterans and for helping individuals with mental struggles. Farming acts as a kind of loose group therapy -- the veterans are working with people who have had similar experiences that only those who have served in combat truly understand. source