After her daughter died, 89-year-old Lorraine Galbraith of Oldwick, was left alone. Gradually, her life, and her connections to others, grew smaller. She put herself in a wheelchair and lived in social isolation and in poor health. Over the years, she soldiered through Hurricane Sandy and numerous medical issues, including a stroke, by herself… Eventually, Right at Home Care, Galbraith’s caregivers, suggested horticultural therapy, which uses gardening and planting related activities to help better the lives of patients. Whittlesey contacted Laura DePrado, president of Final Touch Landscaping and a registered horticultural therapist with the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA), to work with Galbraith… "It couldn’t be more appropriate and beautiful to hold this event," added DePrado, who studied horticultural therapy at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences… According to Professor Joel Flagler, who teaches horticultural studies at Rutgers University, the therapy works because everyone can relate to plants in one way or another – we eat them, build with them and wear them on a daily basis.
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